Random Headcanon: The bit where character A walks into a room and finds character B entangled in some utterly ludicrous situation, and after a long, awkward pause, B calmly states “okay, I can explain” is a popular trope in both human and Vulcan comedy, albeit for totally different reasons.
As anyone who follows my main blog knows, I have a definite shipper bias. I actually became interested in the language while searching for endearments I could have Spock say to Jim in my fanfiction. Whoever you ship, if a Vulcan is included and you create fanworks, it can be really interesting to include some Vuhlkansu.
So for a fun post on this early-summer Friday (at least in my part of the world), I’ve compiled a list of vocabulary and phrases that might be relevant to shippers and fanfiction writers.
Also, if anyone knows of writers using the language in their fics, let me know! I’d eventually like to compile a Vulcan language-specific fic rec list to share on this blog.
Embrace Nartaya (n.), nartau (v.)
Finger embrace (n.) Ozh’esta
Honeymoon (n.) Wuhr-sa'le
Kiss Shok (n.), Shok-tor (v.)
Love Ashaya (n.), ashau (v.)
Loving (adj.) Ashaun-, ashaunik
Love potion Ashau-krel-masu
Love story Ashaya-var
Sexual and Anatomical Vocabulary
Anal Pekh-razh-, pekh-razhik*
Ejaculate (v.) Khrasau
Erect Abul-, abulik (adj.)
Erotic Guv-dau-, guv-dauk
Mate (v.) Katelau
Sexual favors Dihrf
Vulva Kotik si-guv-kruslar
*Thanks to the ultra-logical Vulcans, these aren’t exactly the sexiest terms, so use them with caution in your fics: keshtan-ur literally means “birth tunnel” and pekh-razh literally means “feces hole.” I humbly suggest that razh, literally “hole,” could serve for any sexy orifice.
I cherish thee Taluhk nash-veh k’dular (traditional Vulcan)
I love you Ashau nash-veh tu
Feeling “head-over-heels” for someone Shon-ha-lock/shan’hal’lak (literally the engulfment)
Note: T’hy’la, the word created by Gene Roddenberry meaning “friend/brother/lover,” will eventually have its own post, as there’s too much to cover here.
We always talk about humans as being a weird species for looking at apex predators and saying “PUPPY!” but like. Vulcans domesticated sehlats. An animal with 6-INCH fangs, capable of taking on le-matyas.
Vulcans see your wolves and raise you fanged bears. Humanity needs to step up its game.
that romantic trope where two people reach for the same thing at the same time and their hands accidentally touch? that’s basically just the Vulcan equivalent of that accidental-almost-kiss anime bullshit
i’ve been thinking about Vulcan family dynamics a lot, and a common trope i see in fic is the existence some sort of parental bond that allows the parent to exert control or demonstrate to the child how to regulate their emotions from a very early age - often practically from infancy.
Which… dgmw, the idea of super serious little vulcan children is adorable and i love it. But what if the parent-child link, if it exists, functioned less as ‘impose control’ and more as ‘general sense of wellness’?
There’s a learning curve for most species, and the more complex the behavior of the species, the longer the learning curve tends to be.
so what if it still takes several years for Vulcan children to learn to reign in these insanely strong Vulcan emotional reactions? what if its normal and unnoteworthy in Vulcan society for placid, imperturbable vulcan parents to go about their business with their toddlers throwing EPIC SHIT FITS in their wake? - like, no one bats an eye because of course that child is too young to effectively implement the teachings of surak.
imagine a human ambassador/politician having their child with them and the kid being kind of fussy - the human apologizing profusely for their kid’s behavior and the Vulcans’ confusion about the apology since the kid is INCREDIBLY well-behaved, considering they’re obviously tired and hungry. think of the first humans to experience the reverse, when they’d only ever known adult vulcans and sort of assumed the race was just born that way and being completely taken aback by these mini-vulcan MONSTERS like screaming bloody murder and destroying things while the adults are utterly unphased.