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Re: Klingon WOTD: yIv (v)

>This is the Klingon Word Of The Day for Thursday, October 10, 2002.
>Klingon word:   yIv
>Part of Speech: verb
>Definition:     annoy, bother, irk, irritate
>Additional Notes:
>KGT.  (slang).  See also {nuQ}.

   This verb literally means "chew".  In its slang sense, it is found in
   such constructions as {choyIv} ("You bother me"--literally, "You chew
   me") or {muyIv romuluS Ha'DIbaH} ("The Romulan dog irks me";
   literally, "The Romulan animal chews me," where "Romulan animal" is a
   derogatory way to refer to a Romulan).  The subject of {yIv} can be
   only a person or creature, not an inanimate object or a situation. Thus,
   it is inappropriate to say something like {muyIv 'Iw HIq bIr} ("cold
   bloodwine chews me"). Standard ways to express the same idea are {nuQ}
   ("annoy, bother") and {berghmoH} ("irritate"). (KGT 167)

Ca'Non Master of the Klingons

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