[tlhIngan Hol] Klingon Word of the Day: taHqeq

Steven Boozer sboozer at uchicago.edu
Wed Jan 6 08:08:02 PST 2021

Klingon Word of the Day for Monday, January 04, 2021

Klingon word: taHqeq
Part of speech: excl
Definition: (curse) epithet, insult

taHqeq! taHqeq!  monbogh webbogh taHqeq!  […] 
  monlaH ‘ej montaH je taHqeq quvHa’.          (TKH I, 5 [NON-CANON]) 
O villain, villain, smiling, damnèd villain!  [… ] 
  That one may smile, and smile, and be a villain.      (Hamlet I,5)

When Picard failed to convince Governor Vagh that the Federation wasn't supplying weapons to Kriosian rebels, Vagh lost his temper and shouted: "You speak the lies of a *tahkeck*!"  (TNG "The Mind's Eye")
(CK):  If you call someone this, stand back! This is a classic insult.

(Mark Shoulson, HQ 3.1):  This is someone you really, really don't admire at all, probably epithetical equivalent to {Qu'vatlh}. 

(nIqolay, 11/06/2015):  Maltz thinks the word {taHqeq} is related to the expression {bItaHrup'a'} "Do you want to continue?", which is used defiantly before escalating an argument to the next level (punches or curse warfare).

(De’vID, 7/12/2019):  I once heard a theory that the insult {taHqeq} originates from {[yI]qeqtaH} in {no' Hol}, i.e., you're insulting your enemy by saying that they'll have to train a lot more before they can best you.

Voragh, Ca'Non Master of the Klingons
    Please contribute relevant vocabulary from the last year or two. I’ve fallen 
    behind in updating my files and adding cross-references for related words.  

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