[tlhIngan Hol] Klingon Word of the Day: beb multhwI'

Steven Boozer sboozer at uchicago.edu
Mon Oct 8 06:51:24 PDT 2018

Klingon word: beb mutlhwI'
Part of speech: noun
Definition: roofer
Source: Marc Okrand, Email 01/09/2012

(MO to Lieven, 1/09/2012):  Words for bricklayer, roof maker, plumber, and so on are all based on the verb {mutlh}, meaning "construct, assemble, put together}. Someone who does this, then, is a {mutlhwI'}. [...] The idea is that a {mutlhwI'} puts things together. So a {ngogh mutlhwI'} is not (necessarily) someone who makes bricks, but someone who takes bricks that are already made and assembles them into something (such as a building). Similarly, a {beb mutlhwI'} doesn't make the roof, but, rather, lays out the shingles or planks or stones or whatever the roof is made out of. [...] Someone who repairs any of these things (who may or may not be the same person who installed/assembled them) is a {tI'wI'} ({tI'} "repair"). Most {mutlhwI'pu'} are also {tI'wI'pu'} - but you'd be advised to check with them first.

ngogh mutlhwI' 	bricklayer (n)
majyang mutlhwI' 	tiler (n)
'och mutlhwI' 		plumber (n)
'ul pat mutlhwI' 	electrician (n)

beb  			roof (n)
pa' beb 		ceiling (n)
bIQ beb 		surface of water (n, qep'a' 2018)

mutlh  			construct, assemble, put together, manufacture (qepHom 2016) (v) 
jom 			install (a device), equip (v)
chenmoH 		build, form, make, create (v)
'ogh 			invent, devise, design (v)
ren 			design, map out, plan (v)

Ca'Non Master of the Klingons

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