tlhIngan-Hol Archive: Mon Sep 23 11:05:48 2002
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Re: Klingon WOTD: tebwI' (n)
>This is the Klingon Word Of The Day for Monday, September 23, 2002.
>Klingon word: tebwI'
>Part of Speech: noun
>Definition: food server in a [Dok'e]
>KGT. A [Dok'e] is a fast-food restaurant.
From KGT (p. 102f.):
Some restaurants post a sign reading moD Soj ("the food hurries"). This
means that the restaurant, sometimes called a Do Qe' ("velocity
caters to those who have a limited amount of time to eat before returning
to their various duties. In such an establishment, the menu is limited and
changes quite infrequently. Orders are given and taken quickly, and
is uncommon. Each dish is prepared and served in one way and one way only,
so it is inappropriate, for example, to say whether sauce is desired. The
person taking the order is, in this case, called not a jabwI' ("server")
but, instead, a tebwI' ("filler"), presumably because he or she fills a
platter ('elpI') with the requested food. Customers, even those who have
never been in the establishment before, are assumed to be familiar with all
details of the fare and procedures. It is not uncommon for a tebwI' to
a bit testy (a subtle change in temperament, to be sure) if a customer
hesitates or asks questions while giving an order. Other customers will
probably show their annoyance as well. A regular patron of a Do Qe' tends to
order the same dishes on each visit.
Ca'Non Master of the Klingons