[tlhIngan Hol] Klingon Word of the Day: romuluSngan

Steven Boozer sboozer at uchicago.edu
Tue Nov 9 08:08:19 PST 2021

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From: tlhIngan-Hol On Behalf Of luis.chaparro at web.de

I wanted to ask something about that word, so this KWOTD is very opportune :-)
Some days ago I discussed the phrase: *romuluSngan Sambogh 'ej HoHbogh nejwI'*.  Shouldn't it have been *romuluS Sambogh 'ej HoHbogh nejwI'*?  I've also found another canon example: *loSmaH romuluSngan SuvwI'pu' HoHta' qeng*, translated: *Kang killed 40 Romulan warriors*. Is there something I'm missing? 
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The basic idea is that {romuluSngan} refers to people and things related to them while {romuluS} refers to things characteristic of the planet, like {romuluS muD} the Romulan atmosphere, {romuluS Hovtay'} the Romulan star system, etc.  So a {romuluSngan Sambogh 'ej HoHbogh nejwI'} was invented and/or originally used by or against Romulans (people) and the {loSmaH romuluSngan SuvwI'pu'} Kang killed were Romulan people too.  

Since I didn't do it yesterday, here are the examples of each I know of FYI:

romuluSngan  	Romulan [person] (n)

(KGT 141):  A name for the inhabitant of a planet (and, therefore, the name of a race of beings) is formed by adding {ngan} (inhabitant) to the planet name (excluding the number, if any):  {lIghonngan} (Ligonian), {tera'ngan} (Earther, Terran), {romuluSngan} (Romulan).

pImlaw' romuluSngan be' porgh 
I've heard Romulan women are different. (ST5 notes)

DungDaq legh 'ej QotnIStaH romuluSngan be'pu' 
Romulan women belong on their backs! (ST5 notes)

... tlhIngan'e', tera'ngan'e', romuluSngan'e' 
[... a Klingon, a Terran, a Romulan] (ST5; off-camera voice on subspace radio)

wa' tera'ngan je wa' romuluSngan 
A Terran and a Romulan [sic]. ST5

romuluSngan Sambogh 'ej HoHbogh nejwI' 
Romulan hunter-killer probe (long form) KCD

natlh romuluSnganpu' 
Romulans are objectionable. (slang) KGT

romuluSnganpu' Dujmey DIQaw'pu'; pe'vIl DIbI'chu'pu' 
We destroyed the Romulans' ships all at once. KGT

matlhHa'; romuluSngan rur 
disloyal as a Romulan. (common simile) KGT

tlhInganpu' romuluSnganpu' ghap 
either Klingons or Romulans  KGT

tlhInganpu' ghap romuluSnganpu' 
either Klingons or Romulans (youthful error) KGT

ngoQvam luchavmeH ghawran maghpu' be'nI'pu'.  woQ luSuqmeH jIjpu' chaH romuluSngan'e' je. 
To this end, the sisters have acted against Gowron, going as far as to work with Romulan factions in order to gain power. S26

chaq tampu'.  chaq romuluSnganpu'vaD pIvghor cham lunobpu' tlhInganpu' 
possibly in exchange for Warp Drive technology. 
["Possibly they exchanged it. Possibly the Klingons gave warp drive technology to the Romulans"] S33

DaHjaj romuluSngan vIHoHpu' 
Today I killed a Romulan. (msn.onstage.startrek.expert.Okrand 6/29/1997)

loSmaH romulusngan SuvwI'pu' HoHta' qeng. 
Kang killed 40 Romulan warriors. (IMO, HQ 8.3)

romuluS  	Romulus [planet] (GN) 

(KGT 141-42):  On other occasions, a name is a Klingon version of the name used not by the natives of a planet but by another alien culture. Thus, {romuluS} (Romulus) is based on the Federation name of the planet; the actual Romulan name is something quite distinct.  [...] No one ever says {romuluSya'} … 

romuluS yo' wIjeyta' 
We've defeated the Romulan fleet. KGT

romuluS Ha'DIbaH 
Romulan dog! (epithet) KGT

muyIv romuluS Ha'DIbaH 
The Romulan dog irks me. KGT

boq lucherDI' tlhIngan wo' romuluS Hov wo' je So'wI' cham Suqpu' tlhIngan wo'. 
Cloaking technology was gained through an alliance with the Romulan Star Empire... S33

Qo'noS romuluS je boSuqlaH.  vabDot tera' Qejbogh DIvI' ram boSuqlaH. 
Kronos, Romulus and even the puny Federation's precious Earth, are all up for grabs. MKE

Dujon romuluS Duj 
Captured by Romulan ship. MKE

romuluS HIq  	Romulan ale (n) 

(KGT 94):  Thus, the word {HIq} is translated in various ways in names of different drinks, particularly, though not exclusively, those of non-Klingon origin: {romuluS HIq} (Romulan ale), {'Iw HIq} (blood wine), {Sorya' HIq} (Saurian brandy).

Worf suffered from a hangover the day after Ryker and Troi's engagement party:
   WORF: Ugh… Romulan ale should be illegal! 
   RYKER: It is.   [ST:Nemesis]

tera'nganvaD romuluS HIq jabQo' 
They won't serve Romulan ale to Terrans. CK

romuluS HIq vItlhutlh 
I will drink Romulan ale. PK

I've wondered for years why it's called {romuluS HIq} and not *{romuluSngan HIq}.  After all, Romulans make and drink it.  (I doubt it's found naturally on the planet!)  Perhaps it's so famous that it actually is associated with the entire planet, like {Sorya' HIq} (Saurian brandy), or authentic ale only comes from Romulus and not from (alien) manufacturers outside the Romulan Empire.  Whatever the reason, it's one of those "just because" things in the language you have to learn.

“Romulans – they’re so predictably treacherous.” (Weyoun, DS9 “Image in the Sand”)

Voragh, Ca'Non Master of the Klingons
    Please contribute relevant vocabulary or notes from the last 
    year or two. I’ve fallen woefully behind in updating my files.

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