Like curses, insults are seen as an art by the klingons. The mu'qaD veS, the cursing competition, is an important part of Klingon culture.

There are several kinds of insults, especially insulting words and whole sentences with insulting content. But you can also insult a Klingon in a serious way with grammatically wrong constructions.

Insulting words

The following words can't be translated directly into English. But they are insults for the one, they are directed at. Some words are more severe than others:

Klingon word Notes Source
Ha'DIbaH This word can be translated with "meat" (of an animal) or "animal". You can translate it with "Son of a bitch" or "swine" into English. Common are also variants like verengan Ha'DIbaH ferengian animal. This word has the lowest insulting meaning in this list. KGT
petaQ TKD
yIntagh TKD
Qovpatlh TKD
taHqeq a classical insult TKD

Insulting sentences

The following insults can be translated into English. They are traditional insults (for cursing competitions for example). It is important to differentiate the Klingon culture to our culture. For example Hab SoSlI' Quch! is a serious insult for a Klingon, but not for a human.

Klingon sentence English translation Source
Dejpu'bogh Hov rur qablIj! Your face looks like a collapsed star! PowerKlingon
ghe'torDaq luSpet 'oH DaqlIj'e'! You belong in a black hole in the underworld! PowerKlingon
Hab SoSlI' Quch! Your mother has a flat forehead! PowerKlingon
HoS lI' Dalo'Ha'chu'! You are a total waste of energy! PowerKlingon
targhlIj yIngagh, yIruch! Go and mate with a targ! PowerKlingon
targhlIj yab tIn law' no'lI' Hoch yabDu' tIn puS! Your targ has more brains than all your ancestors together! PowerKlingon

"Grammatical" insults

It is possible to insult a Klingon very seriously through small grammatical mistakes. For example, the sentence Hab SoSlIj Quch! is considered a more severe insult than Hab SoSlI' Quch!: the ending -lI' is only used for beings, capable of language. For all other beings (for example parrot, which just imitate a language) the ending -lIj has to be used. So the word SoSlIj would additionaly to the insult of the flat forehead imply, that the mother of insulted person isn't capabale of a language.

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Category: Vocabulary    Latest edit: 15 Dec 2017, by DirkSchlSser    Created: 15 Dec 2017 by DirkSchlSser
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