[tlhIngan Hol] Klingon Word of the Day: but

Steven Boozer sboozer at uchicago.edu
Thu May 17 08:45:50 PDT 2018

Klingon word: but
Part of speech: verb
Definition: be natural
Source: qepHom 2017

AFAIK used only in Lieven's Discovery subtitles:

  Dat butbogh Dochmey, yInbogh qa' je jemlaH vay'. 
  Everywhere you go, you can feel the symbiosis between nature and the
     living spirit. (DSC/sub "Si Vis Pacem, Para Bellum")

Apparently it's the opposite of {pargh} " be synthetic, artificial" (qepHom 2017):

  DaHjaj Soj pargh wISopnISbe'ba', Sogh. 
  There will be no synthetic protein rations tonight, Lieutenant.
     (DSC/sub "Si Vis Pacem, Para Bellum")

(KGT 84):  All food is considered to be good in its natural state; it takes the intervention of a cook to ruin it. Thus, the word {'eyHa'}, used to describe food that is edible but is not particularly tasty, means something like "undelicious", implying that someone caused it to cease being delicious. ... On the other hand, one may simply use the word {'up} ("disgusting, repugnant").

(KGT 92f.)  There is an alternate way of preparing {quD} [a type of sauce] that involves using chemicals to do the job of the animal's stomach enzymes. Klingon gourmets distinguish between the two by referring to {quD} made in the natural way as {burgh quD} (stomach {quD}), as opposed to the artificially produced {'un quD} (pot {quD}). Though nutritionally identical, {burgh quD}, when available, is always preferable to {'un quD}.

tlhol  		be raw, be unprocessed (v)
baQ 		be fresh, just picked [i.e. fruit, vegetable] (n)
watlh 		be pure (v)
ngeb 		be counterfeit, false, fake (v)

Ca'Non Master of the Klingons

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