[tlhIngan Hol] Klingon Word of the Day: ghevI'

Steven Boozer sboozer at uchicago.edu
Fri Sep 30 07:09:09 PDT 2016

> Klingon Word of the Day for Friday, September 30, 2016
> Klingon word: ghevI'
> Part of speech: noun
> Definition: sauce for *gagh*
> Source: KGT

  jeD; ghevI' rur 
  thick as qagh sauce KGT

(KGT 87):  Perhaps the most representative Klingon food, certainly the one best known outside of the Empire, is gagh (or, in Klingon, {qagh}): serpent worms in a thick sauce (called {ghevI'})... As the final step in preparing the dish, the worms are poured into a bowl filled with the {ghevI'} (sauce), which contains, among other ingredients, pellets of an extremely flavorful herb that the hungry worms quickly ingest, even though it is toxic to them and kills them within minutes. Since {qagh} is considered best if consumed while the worms are still alive, it is important to keep the worms out of the sauce until just before the dish is served.

(KGT 27):  in all regions, the word {vIychorgh} means juice or sap--that is, the liquid from a plant. In some regions, however, its meaning has been extended to also include any liquid that accompanies food, as if a general term for sauce. Thus, instead of Saying {ghevI'} for the sauce that normally accompanies {qagh} (serpent worms), the common expression is {qagh vIychorgh} (literally, "{qagh} juice" or the like). 

(KGT 100):  if a dish comes with a sauce, it is appropriate to use as much or as little sauce as one desires.

(KGT 88):  Curiously, eggs ({QImmey}) do not play a large role in the Klingon diet as food items in their own right, though they are mixed into many sauces, usually along with the pieces of shell ({pel'aQ}), for flavor and texture." 

PUN:  "gravy"

'uSu' 		*gladst* sauce (n) 
qettlhup 		(an all-purpose sauce) (n)
gha'poq 		*grapok* (an all-purpose sauce)

Se'tu' 		saucepan (n) 

chanDoq  		marinade (n)
HaH 			marinate, soak, drench (v)

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