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

Steven Boozer (sboozer@uchicago.edu)



> Klingon Word of the Day for Thursday, October 17, 2013
> 
> Klingon word: naHlet
> Part of speech: noun
> Definition: nut, nuts
> Source: KGT

AFAIK never used in a Klingon sentence. 

KGT 88f.:  Any nut (a fruit with a hard shell) is called a {naHlet} (literally, "hard fruit")... 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.

KGT 96:  In any event, {ra'taj} became one of the few Klingon foods to become popular outside of the Empire, though in an altered form. Instead of containing liquor, as does the genuine Klingon {ra'taj}, the "export" version (which came to be pronounced *raktaj* in Federation Standard) consists of strong Klingon coffee plus a nutlike flavoring. 


--
Voragh
Ca'Non Master of the Klingons



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