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Klingon WOTD: jejHa' (verb)

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This is the Klingon Word Of The Day for Thursday, December 27, 2007.

Category: Stative Verbs

Klingon word:   jejHa'
Part of Speech: verb 
Definition:     be dull, be blunt (of blades) 
Source: KGT (217 KE, 236 EK, 240 EK) 
Swedish: vara slö, vara oskarp, vara trubbig (om egg)


Additional Notes:
KGT p. 85.  To the Klingon palate, the best food tastes {tlhorgh} ("pungent," though some non-Klingons may prefer to translate the word as "rank" or "gamy").  The opposite of {tlhorgh} is {tlhorghHa'}, conventionally translated as "bland" but literally meaning "unpungent," the implication being that the natural punch has somehow been taken out of the food as a result of how it was prepared.  The same ideas are often expressed idiomatically.  When talking about the quality of a dish, one may say {jej pach} ("The claw is sharp"; that is, the food is pungent) or {jejHa' pach} ("The claw is dull"; in other words, the food is bland, where {jejHa'} ["dull"] really means something like "de-sharpened").
  
Antonyms: jej 

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