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

Steven Boozer (

> Klingon Word of the Day for Tuesday, June 04, 2013
> Klingon word: yub
> Part of speech: noun
> Definition: husk, rind, peel, shell (of fruit, nut)

AFAIK never used in a sentence.

Culinary notes:

KGT 89:  The outer covering of a fruit or vegetable ({yub} "husk, rind, peel") is always consumed, except in the case of the {naHlet yub} (nut shell). Klingons typically gnaw ({choptaH}--literally, "continue biting") on the nut until it cracks open, and then they spit out ({tlhIS}) the pieces of shell (occasionally at a nearby diner, as a gesture of sociability) before chewing and swallowing the rest. Similarly, they will usually gnaw on the hard pit of some fruits ({naHnagh}--literally, "fruit stone") until it can be chewed and swallowed, but it is not considered out of place to treat the pit as a shell and spit out the pieces.

KGT 92:  The shell of an animal ({nagh DIr}--literally, "rock skin"--not to be confused with {yub} ["husk, rind, peel"], the word applied to the shell of a nut, or {pel'aQ} [eggshell] is commonly separated from the animal meat, fermented, and served at another time.

Cultural notes:

After the spirit has departed the body, Klingon warriors consider the corpse to be only an "empty shell", to be disposed of accordingly (cf. TNG "Heart of Glory").  DloraH discussed this with Okrand at Praxis Con (May 1998):

  When someone dies, if you are talking about the "person" they
  get {-wI'}; and of course if you are referring to the empty
  shell that is left, it gets a {-wIj}.

Ca'Non Master of the Klingons

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