[tlhIngan Hol] Klingon Word of the Day: beb

Steven Boozer sboozer at uchicago.edu
Mon Mar 15 13:53:14 PST 2021


Klingon Word of the Day for Saturday, March 13, 2021

Klingon word: 	beb
Part of speech: 	noun
Definition: 	roof
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SaqSub qach tIQ beb bIngDaq pay’ qul’a’ tu’lu’ 
Then fires burst under the roofs of the Saq’sub’s ancient houses (PB) 

(MO, HQ 8.3:2-4):  There are two special terms for the top of a room, or ceiling.  {rav'eq} refers to the ceiling of any room (though, more narrowly, it refers to the ceiling of a room that has a room above it, as in a multistory structure);  {pa' beb} refers specifically to the ceiling of a room which is on the top (or only) story of a structure.  It is possible to use {'aqroS} to refer to a ceiling, through the other two terms are more common.  [....]  Similarly, though in general {rav'eq} ”ceiling" refers to the ceiling of a room that has a room above it, it may also be used for the ceiling of a room on the top floor, even though there is no corresponding {rav} ["floor"] and no {tlhoy' SaS} ["ceiling,  floor between stories"].  On occasion, though, the ceiling of the top floor is called {pa' beb}, literally "room's roof" ...  The term {beb} refers to the covering on top of a structure.

(MO to Lieven, 1/09/2012):  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.

PUN:  Babe Ruth (U.S. baseball player); also the name of popular candy bar

SEE:
bIQ beb 	surface of water (n)
beb mutlhwI'  	roofer (n)

SEE ALSO:
lev 		roof of mouth (n)

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Voragh, Ca'Non Master of the Klingons
    Please contribute relevant vocabulary from the last year or two. I’ve fallen 
    behind in updating my files and adding cross-references for related words.  





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