[tlhIngan Hol] Klingon Word of the Day: bIQSIp 'ugh

Steven Boozer sboozer at uchicago.edu
Thu Sep 23 07:37:59 PDT 2021

Klingon word: 	bIQSIp 'ugh
Part of speech: 	noun
Definition: 	deuterium isotope
Source: 	BOP

literally "heavy hydrogen"

(ST Encyclopedia [1994]):  Isotope of hydrogen consisting of one proton and one neutron in the nucleus, around which circles a single electron. Cryogenic (extremely cold) deuterium was the primary fuel source for the fusion impulse-engine reactors in Federation starships. Deuterium was also used as one of the reactants in the matter/antimatter reaction system in those ships' warp drive. The deuterium was the matter, and anti-hydrogen served as the antimatter. (TNG "Relics")

  nIn:  bIQSIp 'ugh 
  Fuel - Deuterium Isotope. (KBoP)

  nIn:  rugh bIQSIp 
  Fuel - Anti Hydrogen. (KBoP)

"I can get deuterium anywhere. I come here because I like you, when you show me hospitality and respect." (Korok, ENT "Marauders")

Captain Archer received 2000 liters of deuterium for helping an unnamed deuterium mining colony defend themselves against Klingon raiders. (ENT "Marauders")

See also:
pIvghor  	warp drive (n) 
Hongghor 	impulse drive (n)
boq 		fusion (n)
nIn  		fuel (n)
bIr  		be cold (v)

Hap 		matter (substance) (n)
rugh  		antimatter (n)

HeySel 		atom (n)
valtIn  		proton (n)
yomIj 		neutron (n)
tem 		electron (n)
’o’rIS		molecule (n)
SuqSIv 		core (n) [use for nucleus?]

We have an example of how to talk about atoms:

  cha’ bIQSIp HeySelmey, wa’ yInSIp HeySel je yugh bIQ ’o’rIS. 
  The water molecule consists of two hydrogen atoms and one
    oxygen atom.  [Lieven, OK'd by MO at qepHom 2015]

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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