[tlhIngan Hol] Klingon Word of the Day: beq

Steven Boozer sboozer at uchicago.edu
Mon May 2 08:38:28 PDT 2022

Klingon word: beq
Part of speech: noun
Definition: crew, crewman

Qo'noSDaq paw cha' DIvI' beq 
Two Federation crewmen arrive on Kronos. PK

Hoch beqpu'vaD 'Iw HIq yInob 
Supply blood wine for entire crew. MKE 

 (KGT 50):  The word {mang} is used when the warrior under discussion is described in terms of his membership in a fighting unit (for example, as a crew member on an attack cruiser)... The usual plural form of {mang} is a different word altogether: {negh} (warriors, soldiers). The word {mangpu'} is seldom used, but it is not ungrammatical. It carries with it the notion that there are individuals (more than one {mang}) making up the group; {negh} focuses on the group as a unit. ... Warriors are grouped according to the ships upon which they serve. A ship's full complement of personnel, crew plus officers, is called a {wey}, perhaps best translated as company...  An individual crew member is a {beq}. ({QaS} [troops] applies to nonofficers whether or not assigned to a ship.)

(KGT 53):  Among the troops ({QaS}), the highest-ranking are given the title {bu'}, traditionally translated as sergeant, while the next highest have the title {Da'} (corporal). No specific titles are used for anyone of lower rank.

... however, Alexander Rozhenko reported to the Rotarran's first officer Worf by stating, "*Bekk* Alexander Rozhenko, reporting as ordered." (DS9 "Sons and Daughters")

(DeCandido, KRAD:DI):  *bekk*. A rank given to enlisted personnel in the Defense Force.

  "Promotion due to the death of a crewmate is commonplace on Klingon ships." (Worf to Troi, TNG "the Most Toys")

ghuv 		recruit (n)
mangHom 	cadet (m)

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