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]
>Additional Notes:
>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

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