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

Steven Boozer (

> Klingon Word of the Day for Saturday, June 13, 2015
> Klingon word: ghab tun
> Part of speech: noun
> Definition: meat from midsection of animal, no bones (regional)

KGT 27:  The word {ghab}, however, which refers to any chunk of the midsection of an animal, has slightly varying meanings depending on region. In most of the empire, including the First City, {ghab} is rather inclusive: basically, whatever was chopped off the animal as a single piece, with or without bones or internal organs. In some areas, {ghab} is never applied to a cut of meat lacking bones. Instead, the phrase {ghab tun} (perhaps translatable as fillet, though literally, "soft ghab") is sometimes heard. The same concept would be expressed in most of the Empire, including by speakers of {ta' Hol}, by a longer phrase: {Hom Hutlhbogh ghab} ({ghab} that lacks bone). The expression {ghab tun} would probably not be used by most.

KGT 87:  Large animals are usually chopped into pieces, sometimes with attention paid to which piece is which... sometimes not (the {ghab}, for example, is just a chunk of the midsection of an animal, including any organs that may have remained attached after the carving).

KGT 83:  the gastronomically uneducated might consider Klingon food to be nothing but small animals (still alive) or chunks of barely dead animals thrown together indiscriminately with odoriferous herbs

KGT 99:  A diner transfers a portion to his or her plate ... if one is available, by simply grabbing the desired quantity of food with a hand... If necessary, two hands may be used to break off ({wItlh}) a slab of the desired fare.

KGT 88:  A mixture of animal parts is {Daghtuj}, regardless of whether the parts are from the same type of animal.

ghab  		meat from midsection of animal (n)
Ha'DIbaH 		animal, meat (n)
chor 			belly, midsection (n)
HajDob 		leg (served as food) (n)

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