[tlhIngan Hol] Klingon Word of the Day: jat

Steven Boozer sboozer at uchicago.edu
Tue Jul 9 09:05:29 PDT 2019

Klingon word: jat
Part of speech: noun
Definition: tongue

AFAIK never used in a sentence by Okrand.

As food item, see KGT p. 88.

jat  		speak incoherently,  mumble (slang) (v)
jat  		be clumsy (Ruk'evet) (v)

(KGT 30):  The Ruk'evet word for "be clumsy" is {jat}, which is phonetically identical to the noun meaning tongue.  Even though this is probably just a coincidence, there is a slang term {jat}, used throughout the Empire but somewhat more frequently in the areas near Ruk'evet, which means "speak incoherently, mumble", a notion with negative connotations for Klingons.  Enunciating Klingon clearly is always important, but one should take extra care to not accidentally say {jat} (mumble) when intending the similar-sounding {ja'} (say), {jatlh} (speak), or {jach} (yell).

  "As you practice speaking, remember: Speak Klingon boldly; do not be meek or hesitant. This could be interpreted as a sign of weakness, a less than admirable trait among Klingons." (CK)

nuj 		mouth (n)
lev 		roof of mouth, palate (n)
wuS 		lip(s) (n)

roS 		lick (v)
rem 		suck (v)

tlhup 		whisper (v)
jatlhHa' 	say the wrong thing, misspeak (v)

Ca'Non Master of the Klingons

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