Most Onomotopoeia (words that indicate a sound by being similar in structure to the sound like "haha" or "meow") for laughing in human languages are some variation on "haha" or "hehe" or something similar perhaps transliterated with a j or a k.

I've done a fair bit of googling but I've found no answer as to what the Klingon version of this is if there even is one. While Worf might have us believe that Klingons do not laugh, his own examples and others, provide mountains of evidence to the contrary. If there is not an official construction, what would a likely construction be?


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For what it's worth, the Klingon word for "to laugh" is Hagh. That's onomotopoeic enough, I would think.

  • @anaranjada "hagh" might be pronounced "ha".
    – user40790
    Commented May 2, 2016 at 22:17
  • @anaranjada That would be the crux to the argument.
    – user40790
    Commented May 2, 2016 at 22:35
  • You can listen to the pronunciation of Hagh here. Commented May 3, 2016 at 13:36

Alexander Rozhenko is a Klingon. In the script for TNG: Cost of Living, he laughs repeatedly:

ALEXANDER: Ha! It's my laughing hour. Ha! Ha!

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    I'm not sure this is a useful answer. That's just how they chose to write it in the script. IOW, it's the out-of-universe English onomatopoeia for laughing.
    – Kevin
    Commented Jul 12, 2015 at 22:46
  • @Kevin - He's a klingon, he's laughing, it's described how he's laughing in an official script treatment. I'm not sure how much more useful it could possibly get :-)
    – Valorum
    Commented Jul 12, 2015 at 22:52
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    I can't speak for the OP, but I was wondering how other klingons would describe his laughing, not humans writing a TV script.
    – Kevin
    Commented Jul 12, 2015 at 22:57
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    Despite Alexander's lineage - his first language is English since he was educated within the Federation, and so would likely be using "HA" like other English speaking people - this wouldn't support its use in Klingon.
    – HorusKol
    Commented Jul 13, 2015 at 1:36
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    Potentially the most annoying scene in all of TNG Commented Jul 13, 2015 at 7:32

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