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

De'vID de.vid.jonpin at gmail.com
Wed May 1 13:25:42 PDT 2019


On Wed, 1 May 2019 at 19:44, SuStel <sustel at trimboli.name> wrote:

> On 5/1/2019 1:38 PM, Steven Boozer wrote:
>
> De’vID:
>
> > "Drak doo" could be some kind of Klingon dialect for {DaH yIDIl}.
>
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> At the time I thought this was meant to be Paramount Hol for “Bon
> appetit!”
>
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> In “Conversational Klingon” though, after bringing the hapless Terran
> tourist to Kronos “dinner number three” (qagh and pipius claw), the
> waitress told him:
>
>
>
> *  yISop*,* tera'ngan*
>   Bon appetit, Terran. ["Eat (it), Terran!"] CK
>
> I take the *yISop / **bon appetit* of *CK* to be a bit of tourist humor.
> The Klingon is saying *Eat!* as in, "I brought you this food, now you
> better eat it!" The translation is trying to make it sound polite,
> something a tourist would hear in a high-class restaurant on Earth.
>
> So the Klingon chef in DS9 could be saying anything. There's nothing
> saying it isn't the actual Klingon equivalent of *bon appetit,* though it
> could just as easily mean "Next customer!"
>
Bashir pays him as soon as he says that. I didn't quote the entire thing
because it's mostly nonsense, but if you want to see everything in context,
here's the transcript:

CHEF: Gagh Tek Or.
BASHIR: Shall I order for us both?
MELORA: All right.
BASHIR: Let's see we'll have some racht of course
CHEF: Racht.
(A handful of worms plonked onto a plate)
BASHIR: And a double order of gladst. No sauce please.
CHEF: Gladst usu bal.
BASHIR: And a side order of zilm'kach. Is that too much for two?
CHEF: Zilm'kach.
(He puts some apricot pieces on the plate and hands it over.)
CHEF: Drak doo.
(Bashir pays with coins that the Chef bites to check they are genuine)
MELORA: May I?
BASHIR: Don't be alarmed.
(She fondles the worms)
MELORA: Excuse me, Julian, but I can't eat this.
BASHIR: I know how it looks but
MELORA: P'kar tel Durg Le Frakn'l?
CHEF: Dug a bul, rah'tar!
MELORA: D'tel klop a bul!
CHEF: Pak't pol!
MELORA: D'kar tel G'denna!
CHEF: I like a customer who knows what she wants.
(He takes back the plate, throws it over his shoulder and holds out a
fistful of fresh worms)
MELORA: G'denna. There's nothing worse then half dead Racht.
(Bashir takes the fresh plate, and the chef bites the coins he pays with.)
CHEF: Gagh Tek Or.
(They go to a table. After the meal.)

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De'vID
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