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

Steven Boozer (

> Klingon Word of the Day for Sunday, October 13, 2013
> Klingon word: jat
> Part of speech: noun
> Definition: tongue

As food, see KGT p.88.

KGT 30:  The Ruk'evet word for "be clumsy" is {jat}, which is phonetically identical to the noun meaning tongue. Even though this is probably just a coincidence, there is a slang term {jat}, used throughout the Empire but somewhat more frequently in the areas near Ruk'evet, which means "speak incoherently, mumble", a notion with negative connotations for Klingons. Enunciating Klingon clearly is always important, but one should take extra care to not accidentally say {jat} (mumble) when intending the similar-sounding {ja'} (say), {jatlh} (speak), or {jach} (yell).

Related vocabulary:

nuj 		mouth (n)
lev 		roof of mouth, palate (n)
wuS 		lip(s) (n)

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