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Re: [Tlhingan-hol] Klingon Word of the Day: puq chonnaQ

Steven Boozer (

> Klingon Word of the Day for Friday, December 27, 2013
> Klingon word: puq chonnaQ
> Part of speech: noun
> Definition: fork
> Source: startrek.klingon newsgroup

st.k (5/05/1998):  The Klingon word for fork is {puq chonnaQ}. As is well known, Klingons prefer to get food into their mouths without the aid of implements (except for such things as the bowl containing soup or the goblet containing bloodwine). Nevertheless, they have become acquainted with the eating habits of other cultures and have become aware of such things as forks. On occasion, they'll even use the implements, most commonly when partaking of a non-Klingon meal (whether on a Klingon planet or elsewhere) but sometimes when eating Klingon food, as if to add an exotic touch to the meal experience. (Not all Klingons are skilled in using forks, however, and some simply refuse to deal with them. Those who do not use them seem to be not at all troubled by eating "foreign" food using Klingon means--that is, hands.) The term {puq chonnaQ} is, at least in origin, somewhat derisive. It literally means "child's hunting spear", suggesting that the eating implement is small and not very effective (though the actual child's spear, as opposed to the "fork," is useful for training in the art of hunting).

KGT 99:  Eating is done with hands only. There is no Klingon fork or spoon. If the cook has prepared the food properly, there should be no need to use a knife either, though, from time to time, one is quite useful.

Related words:

baghneQ 		spoon (n)
taj			knife, dagger (n)

Ca'Non Master of the Klingons

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