[tlhIngan Hol] Klingon Word of the Day: chech

Steven Boozer sboozer at uchicago.edu
Wed Aug 29 08:54:49 PDT 2018

Klingon Word of the Day for Wednesday, August 29, 2018

Klingon word: chech
Part of speech: verb
Definition: be drunk, be intoxicated

(KGT 95):  Klingon drinks may be divided into two types: those with and those without an intoxicating effect--basically, those with and those without alcohol. [...] Any alcoholic beverage is called {HIq}. [...] many native Klingon alcoholic drinks have names that do not contain the word {HIq}. Among these are the very strong {chechtlhutlh} (*chech'tluth*). (The fact that {chechtlhutlh} seems to be made up of two verbs related to drinking-{chech} ["be drunk"] and {tlhutlh} ["drink"]-is no doubt coincidental.

(KGT 83):  In fact, {vut} can also be used in reference to making a beverage, whether simply mixing ingredients together (such a putting cream in coffee) or starting from scratch (such as brewing ale).

{chechtlhutlh} is a "strong Klingon liquor that Bringloidi leader O'Dell agreed had more of a bite than the replicated whiskey." (KdB)  Worf ordered some for him from the Enterprise's replicator in TNG "Up the Long Ladder". 

'uH 		have a hangover (v)
HIq ngeb  	fake ale (n),   (i.e. syntheale,  synthehol?)

(KGT 35):  "Fake ale" is a term used to refer to a rather nonpotent ale, perhaps akin to near beer. The Klingons equate water with weakness. Anything is better than water; the less waterlike, the better.

  Martok compared getting married to a war breaking out: "A long, grueling, intoxicating war." (DS9 "Strange Bedfellows")

"Less talk.  More synthehol." (Worf, TNG "Transfigurations")  

Ca'Non Master of the Klingons

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