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Re: [Tlhingan-hol] Klingon Word of the Day: DeQ

Steven Boozer (

> Klingon Word of the Day for Saturday, October 12, 2013
> Klingon word: DeQ
> Part of speech: noun
> Definition: credit (monetary unit)[] 

  wa' DeQ 
  One credit. CK

  cha'SaD DeQ 
  2000 credits. PK

  vaghSaD DeQ HInob! 
  Give me 5,000 credits! PK

TKW 7:  perhaps, to the Klingon way of thinking, while one is alive, one must sacrifice or give up something (the way one uses credits or latinum when making a purchase) in order to ensure that the spirit is one's own.

Related vocabulary:

DarSeq 	*darsek* (Klingon unit of currency; also a coin) (n)
Huch 		money (n)

Are {DeQmey} used only in transactions with aliens (especially the Federation), and DarSeqmey within the Empire:

KGT 194:  Since there are any number of phrases involving money that could be taken the wrong way if {Huch} is pronounced {Quch}, many tourists follow the Klingon practice of using the term {DarSeqmey} (darseks) ... to refer to money in general. Thus, "You lack money" would be {DarSeqmey DaHutlh} (literally, "You lack darseks").

The Klingon Judiciary placed a bounty of 9000 darseks for the capture of escaped convict Jonathan Archer, dead or alive, in 2153, which was considered "a fortune" by the Tellarite bounty hunter Skalaar. These appeared to be metal (latinum?) bars, app. 1 x 3 inches in size, and were transported in a box. (ENT "Bounty")

During the Kot'baval Festival being celebrated at the Maranga IV outpost, Worf gave a street vendor a couple of coins for what appeared to be a bag of dried gagh. Alexander wanted some money from his father to give to a man who offered to show him Molor's head in a box for 50 darseks. (TNG "Firstborn")  This appears to be evidence of inflation between the 22nd century (ENT) and the 24th (TNG).

N.B. In Klingon Monopoly money, neither credits nor darseks are used.  Instead the game currency is called "forces":

  Klingon forces replace original MONOPOLY bills
  Quj wa'DIch MONOPOLY Huch nav qa' tlhIngan QaS (MKE)

Ca'Non Master of the Klingons

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