[tlhIngan Hol] Klingon Word of the Day: quy'Ip

Steven Boozer sboozer at uchicago.edu
Fri Jun 24 08:40:45 PDT 2016

> Klingon Word of the Day for Friday, June 24, 2016
> Klingon word: quy'Ip
> Part of speech: noun
> Definition: vomit
> Source: HQ v12n4 p.8

(HQ 12.4:8):  Air, for example, comes into and out of the nose or mouth. The word for breath is {tlhuH}, and that for breathe is also {tlhuH}. To breathe in, or inhale, is {pur}; to breathe out, or exhale, is {rech} ... When air (or gas) from the stomach [{burgh}] works its way up and comes out of the mouth (often noisily), one is said to {ruq} "belch". Maltz said it is acceptable to refer to this gas as {Sip}, a general word for gas of any kind, but that gas produced within the body is known as {Qep'It}. When, rather than gas, undigested or partially digested food comes up, one is said to {'em}, vomit, and the matter being vomited, that is, vomit, us called {quy'Ip} ... (Maltz was quite amused when he realized that the Klingon word {rech} "exhale" sounded like the English word retch - that is, vomit - but he couldn't explain why he thought it was so funny.)

(MO to Lieven, 8/03/2015):  The noun is {Qep'It} and the verb is {ruq}. Both of these words can be used for gas that comes up from your gut and out of your mouth and also for gas that goes down from your gut and out the other way. If it's necessary to make the distinction (for Klingons, it isn't always necessary), use phrases involving {nuj} or {Hugh} or {Sa'Hut}.

PUN: "puke" backwards!

bor 			gurgle (v)
ghagh 		gargle (v)
ghup 			swallow (v)
rech 			exhale, breath out (v)
Hob 			yawn (v)
tlhov & jev	wheeze (v)
chuy 			sneeze (v)

tlhIngan ghantoH pIn'a'
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