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The Ferengi language was the language spoken by the Ferengi people throughout the Ferengi Alliance.

History and specifics

Ferengi written language branches out in several directions. (Star Trek: Deep Space Nine)

Due to Ferenginar's damp climate, there were one hundred and seventy-eight words for "rain". Conversely, the Ferengi had no word for "crisp". (DS9 episode: "Let He Who Is Without Sin...", DS9 novel: The 34th Rule, DS9 - Mission Gamma novel: Twilight)

There were fifty-seven separate words for "customer" in the language. One of them had a second definition, meaning "river sludge". (DS9 novel: The 34th Rule)

"Frinx" was an expletive in the language and was used by Ferengi such as Quark, Nog, Base, Pharh, and Bralik. (DS9 novels: The Fall of Terok Nor, The War of the Prophets, Inferno, The Left Hand of Destiny; TTN novel: Orion's Hounds)

The Ferengi had several words for "no", in Quark's words, "depending on how much negotiation it will take to change your mind." (DS9 novel: Time's Enemy)

With their universal translators not working, Quark, Rom, and Nog spoke in the Ferengi language while on Earth in 1947. (DS9 episode: "Little Green Men") Also, the Ferengi boarding party in "ENT episode: "Acquisition"" speak their native language.

Ferengi words for "rain"

Other Ferengi words

bena
Underflooring. (DS9 novel: Ferenginar: Satisfaction is Not Guaranteed)
booplop
Wife; derived from the words "boop" -- "to serve", and "lop" -- "one who does a certain thing". (DS9 reference: Legends of the Ferengi)
dooplop
Brother; derived from the words "doop" -- "to get", and "lop" -- "one who does a certain thing". (DS9 reference: Legends of the Ferengi)
fafa
Term of endearment for male parent. (DS9 reference: Legends of the Ferengi)
frax
Curse word with no known translation. Used in context by the Ferengi Pharh: "Frax it all!" (DS9 novel: The Left Hand of Destiny)
gooblatrupyob
Aliens (literally, "bank accounts without brains"). (DS9 novel: Legends of the Ferengi)
grawmpee
Term of endearment for a grandfather. (DS9 - Strange New Worlds 9 short story: "The Last Tree on Ferenginar: A Ferengi Fable From the Future")
groogie
Term of endearment for a grandmother. (DS9 - Strange New Worlds 9 short story: "The Last Tree on Ferenginar: A Ferengi Fable From the Future")
lobeling
Child (DS9 novel: Legends of the Ferengi, DS9 episode: "Profit and Lace")
moogie
Term of endearment for female parent. (DS9 episode: "Family Business")
oo-mox
A sensual stroking of the earlobes. (TNG episode: "Ménage à Troi")
skritz
Expletive without clear translation. (DS9 - The Left Hand of Destiny novel: The Left Hand of Destiny, Book Two)
val-eff
Individuals who refuse financial payoffs. (DS9 novel: The 34th Rule)

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Languages
AltarAndorian languages (AndoriiGraalen/GraalekGreater AndorianLesser Andorian) • Bajoran (BalwanOld BajoranOld High Bajoran) • Beta Promethean • Earth languages (Anglo-SaxonBasqueCelticEnglishFarsiFrenchGaelicGermanGreekHebrew/YiddishIboItalianJapaneseLatinMandarinRussianSpanishSwahiliTagalogWelsh) • EsperantaFederation Standard (Galacta) • Ferengi (Trading Tongue) • Galacta (Federation Standard) • GornGrennaiKlingonese (Battle LanguageKlin trade patoisKlingonaaseKumburanRumaiynta'HoltlhIngan Hol/pIqaDWarrior's Tongue) • MakaroNemarOld HebitianOld High MartianOld IllyanOlisuOmearanOrion language (High OrionKolariLow OrionTrader's Tongue/Trader's ScriptYrevish) • OrishanPaklitPayavPeRealm DialectRemanRigellian Trade DialectRomulan (RihannsuHigh RihanLow RihanOld High Rihannsu) • Sign language (Gestural idiom) • SeshtoTaklathiTarnTellaran (Civil Conversation) • TholianTzikaa!nVeganVulcan (Ancient VulcanHigh TongueModern VulcanOld High Vulcan) • XenexianXlatitigu

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