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

Steven Boozer sboozer at uchicago.edu
Tue Nov 30 07:35:49 PST 2021

Klingon Word of the Day for Tuesday, November 30, 2021

Klingon word: 	tlhorghHa'
Part of speech: 	verb
Definition: 	be bland (referring to food)
Source: 	KGT

(KGT 85):  To the Klingon palate, the best food tastes {tlhorgh} (pungent, though some non-Klingons may prefer to translate the word as rank or gamey). The opposite of {tlhorgh} is {tlhorghHa'}, conventionally translated as bland but literally meaning "unpungent", the implication being that the natural punch has somehow been taken out of the food as a result of how it was prepared. The same ideas are often expressed idiomatically. When talking about the quality of a dish, one may say … {jejHa' pach} ("The claw is dull"; in other words, the food is bland, where {jejHa'} [dull] really means something like "de-sharpened").

(KGT 42):  … the normal way to describe bland food is to call it {tlhorghHa'} (not pungent). In the past, the word {jot} was used in this sense, though now its meaning has changed to "be calm". An upper-class diner will, from time to time, still describe food as {jot}. … Among the lower classes—except for those working as servants for the higher classes—words like {HajDob} and {tu'lum} are known but seldom used, and words like {jot} and {ru'} are used only in their modern senses.

(KGT 85-86): The usual Federation Standard translations of the primary tastes (pungent, sour, salty) are a little deceptive. From the Klingon point of view, it is not accurate to say that a particular food is sour; rather, it tastes and smells sour. That is, sourness is not an intrinsic quality of the food; it is a perception, the effect the food has upon the senses of smell and taste, the Klingon sense of smell being particularly highly developed. Translations such as "sour-inducing" ({Soj wIb}, "sour-inducing food";  {na' Soj}, "The food induces saltiness") would perhaps be closer to the feeling of the Klingon, but they are a bit clumsy.

(qep’a’ 2019):  In the TNG episode "Heart of Glory", the Klingon ordering food and drink (from the food replicator) … orders a special, rather pungent Klingon beverage known as {pIvyoch}.

jejHa'  		be dull (not sharp)  be blunt (of blades); be bland (of food) [slang] (v)
Huy 		be spicy, piquant, hot (v)
jIy 		be umami, savory, earthy (v)
non 		be rotten (v)
ngIm 		be putrid (v)
He’So’ 		stink (v)
rogh 		ferment (v)
ragh 		decay (v)

Voragh, Ca'Non Master of the Klingons
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