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

Steven Boozer (

> Klingon Word of the Day for Wednesday, March 25, 2015
> Klingon word: HaH
> Part of speech: verb
> Definition: marinade, soak, drench

KGT 90f.:  If the meat is somewhat older, a common preparation technique is to {HaH} (marinate) it in any of a wide variety of concoctions containing {'Iw} (blood) and/or {vIychorgh} (sap) as a base, along with assorted animal parts. Meat prepared in this style is also called {voDleH Ha'DIbaH} (emperor's meat), again with the specific animal used instead of {Ha'DIbaH} ... All but the least experienced cooks have {chanDoq} (marinade) prepared well in advance of a meal, keeping a large container of the brew around at all times and constantly adding new ingredients to it as they become available.

KGT 93f.:  It is also not unusual to {HaH} (marinate) or {roghmoH} (ferment) various sorts of {naH} (fruit, vegetable). One common dish is a torpedo-shaped fruit called {peb'ot}, which is soaked in a {chanDoq} (marinade). The fully marinated {peb'ot} is called a {Hurgh}. Experienced cooks will {mIQ} (fry) the {DIghna' por} (digna leaf), though this is risky, since if the leaf is heated for too long, it will wilt.

KGT 94:  {pIpyuS pach} (pipius claw) is always prepared the same way; it would be peculiar to hear {pIpyuS pach HaHlu'pu'bogh} ("pipius claw that has been marinated; marinated pipius claw"), since such phrasing would be redundant.

Cf. {HaH} "soak, drench" (slang):

KGT 91:  The verb {HaH}, though once restricted to this form of food preparation, is now often used in the more general sense of "soak, drench". It is frequently heard in the reflexive form ({HaH'egh} "soak oneself") in reference to such activities as drinking a great deal, which has positive connotations, and bathing, an occasional undertaking with negative connotations.

TKW 35:  The negative associations with water might also be seen when Worf remarked to Counselor Deanna Troi, "Swimming is too much like bathing."


pID  		coat (food) with herbed mixture (v)
Qal 		swim (v)

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