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Re: Klingon WOTD: beq (n)

>This is the Klingon Word Of The Day for Wednesday, October 30, 2002.
>Klingon word:   beq
>Part of Speech: noun
>Definition:     crew, crewman

beq  crewman:

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

"bekk. A rank given to enlisted personnel in the Defense Force." [Keith 
R.A. DeCandido's novel "Diplomatic Implausibility"]

"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 
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 50)

"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." (KGT 

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

beq  crew (n.), (ship's) company:

   beq may' ta vIlajpu'
   I have accepted the crew's record of battle. KGT

"The word pIn is also found in nonslang terms referring to crew members on 
a ship: QeDpIn (science officer), QumpIn (communications officer). It is 
not known whether these words originated as slang and became accepted as 
the regular terms or whether the use of pIn in the sense of expert, 
authority was modeled after the words QeDpIn and QumpIn." (KGT 158-59)

"a doctor is always part of a ship's crew..." (KGT 151)

"pu'beq (phaser crew, the crew members responsible for the operation of the 
weapons)." (KGT 56)

beq pa'mey  "non-commissioned crew quarters" (KBoP)

Ca'Non Master of the Klingons

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