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Re: Klingon WOTD: jejHa' (verb)

Steven Boozer (sboozer@uchicago.edu)



>This is the Klingon Word Of The Day for Thursday, December 27, 2007.
>
>Klingon word:   jejHa'
>Part of Speech: verb
>Definition:     be dull, be blunt (of blades)
>
>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").


Additional Additional Notes:
KGT p. 126:  To say {jej pach} ("The claw is sharp") is to say that the 
food is pungent--that is, good. If the food is bland, one may say {jejHa' 
pach} ("The claw is dull").

Used in canon:

'etlh QorghHa'lu'chugh ragh 'etlh nIvqu' 'ej jejHa'choH
Even the best blade will rust and grow dull unless it is cared for. TKW

jejHa'; naH taj rur
dull as a vegetable knife KGT

>Antonyms: jej

"be sharp"

Used in canon:

moQDaq DuQwI'Hommey jej tu'lu'
A brutally spiked pommel fastens the hilt together. SP2

leghlaHchu'be'chugh mIn lo'laHbe' taj jej
A sharp knife is nothing without a sharp eye. TKW

qatlh jej taj
Why is the knife sharp? KGT

jejjaj tajlIj
May your knife be sharp. KGT

tajlIj jejjaj!
May your knife be sharp! (toast) KGT

jej; Daqtagh rur
sharp as a d'k tahg. KGT

Etymological Notes:

{jej} appears as an element in the nouns {naHjej} "thistle" and {naQjej} 
"spear".

Trek trivia:

"According to Klingon legend, when honed sharp enough [a bat'leth] can 
separate a man from his soul." (STC:KLS)




--
Voragh
Ca'Non Master of the Klingons






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