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Re: Klingon WOTD: yIv (verb)

Steven Boozer ([email protected])

>This is the Klingon Word Of The Day for Monday, November 28, 2005.
>Klingon word:   yIv
>Part of Speech: verb
>Definition:     annoy, bother, irk, irritate (slang)

   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]

>     yIv (verb) - chew

   DeSvetlh yIv
   Chew that arm! PK

   to'waQ yIyIv!
   Chew ligament!
   (idiom: "Take your time thinking about it!") [KGT 119]

   to'waQ vIyIvtaH
   I'm chewing ligament (i.e. "I'm in the process of taking my time
   considering the matter"). KGT

   to'waQ yIyIvQo'; DaH yIwuq!
   Don't chew ligament; decide now! KGT

   HoD QaQbe' ghaH; reH to'waQ yIv
   He/she is not a good captain. KGT

Cf. also {chop} "bite", {ghup} "swallow", {noS} "nibble", {roS} "lick", 
{Sop} "eat" and {waH} "taste".

Ca'Non Master of the Klingons

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