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Re: Klingon word for "cookbooks"

Russ Perry Jr. (

On Sep 23, 2009, at 8:28 PM, Doq wrote:
> Obviously, Okrand has seen a few Twilight Zone episodes...
> I remember the one where the wife is yelling to her husband as he
> boards the flying saucer, explaining that scientists had finally
> managed to translate part of the book the aliens had presented them as
> a gift, entitled "How to Serve Mankind". She yelled, "It's a COOK  
> BOOK!"

Just to nitpick, it was his assistant, not his wife (at least I'm
PRETTY sure), and the book was titled "To Serve Man" (sure).

Simpsons also parodied this in one of the Halloween episodes.

> On Sep 23, 2009, at 9:13 AM, Steven Boozer wrote:
>> André Müller:
>>> What might be the best Klingon translation for "cookbooks"? My ideas
>>> are {vutmeH paqmey} or {vutwI' paqmey}. What do you think?
>> *{vutmeH paq} is exactly how I've translated it in the past, formed
>> on the example of {DevmeH paq} "guidebook"; cf. the subtitle of TKW:
>>  tlhIngan tIgh: SuvwI' DevmeH paq
>>  The Klingon Way: A Warrior's Guide (TKW)
>> And although we don't know the generic word for "cookbook", we do
>> know the title of one:
>> KGT 86:  It is not possible here to give detailed accounts of how to
>> prepare specific dishes or even to list all of the ingredients. Nor
>> is it possible to explain and compare the cuisines of different
>> regions and planets within the Empire. For detailed information of
>> that kind, the best source is probably {jabmeH} by J'puq (the title
>> means "In Order to Serve"; it is a cookbook).
>> I'll leave it to you to figure out the two puns in this. <g>
>> -- 
>> Voragh
>> Canon Master of the Klingons

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