[tlhIngan Hol] Klingon Word of the Day: beb

Steven Boozer sboozer at uchicago.edu
Mon Mar 15 06:53:14 PDT 2021

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

Klingon word: 	beb
Part of speech: 	noun
Definition: 	roof

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

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

lev 		roof of mouth (n)

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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