Quark even referred to his mother, Ishka, in the possessive, calling her "My Moogie", and in most all other times he and his brother Rom used the term for her, both in the second and third-person. Upon the completion of Rom and Leeta's wedding, Rom's son, Nog, called his new step-mother "Moogie". (DS9: "Family Business", "Ferengi Love Songs", "Call to Arms", "The Magnificent Ferengi")
The prevalence of Ferengi using this appellation for their living female forebears is unclear - only members of Ishka's family, Quark, Rom, and Nog, used the term as a personal name for their mother (or grandmother, in Nog's case) on-screen. Zek's reference to Ishka as "Your Moogie" to Quark suggests it was not unique to Ishka. Further supporting this is Nog calling Leeta, his Bajoran step-mother, "Moogie." Whether he said this jokingly (or even more than once) is unknown. (DS9: "Call to Arms")
The term 'Moogie' may also be an inside joke. Star Trek is kind of known for using Easter egg anime references in its series. In Star Trek: The Next Generation series during the episode (Ménage à Troi) the code "Kei-e-Yuri" is used as an access code. Kei and Yuri are the main characters from an anime called Dirty Pair. It is possible Moogie from DS9 is a play on 'Mughi' the cat like companion from the Dirty Pair series carrying on the joke.
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