[tlhIngan Hol] Klingon Word of the Day: ruq

Steven Boozer sboozer at uchicago.edu
Thu Feb 17 07:29:50 PST 2022

Klingon word: 	ruq
Part of speech: 	verb
Definition: 	belch, burp
Source: 	HQ:v12n4p8

(HQ 12.4:8):  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, is 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}.

(Lieven, 4/18/2019):  Briefly, it is a common misconception that Klingons enjoy burping a lot. This impression is based on only two situations, of which none is a normal situation.

See http://www.klingonwiki.net/En/Belching  

PUN:  onomatopoeia?

rID 		digest (v)
bor 		gurgle (v)
rech 		exhale, breath out (v)
ghagh 		gargle (v)
ghup 		swallow (v)

One can only imagine the jokes about speakers of {ruq'e'vet Hol} "Ruk'evet dialect" !

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