[tlhIngan Hol] Klingon Word of the Day: Dut

Steven Boozer sboozer at uchicago.edu
Tue Jul 12 07:54:43 PDT 2022

Klingon word: 	Dut
Part of speech: 	verb
Definition: 	slam down (object is the thing slammed down)
Source: 	qepHom 2015 p.19

[Lieven interviewed Okrand (posted 10/29/2015):
MO: 	A stamp (rubber stamp, a tool/device, not postage stamp) is a {toqwIn}. To use a stamp, you ink it up and then you {Dut} it ("slam [it] down"). The word for ink is {rItlh}, and the ink pad is called {rItlh 'echlet}. The image that results from using a rubber stamp is {yang}.
LLL: 	When you ink it up, do you simply {Dut} it into the {rItlh echlet}?
MO: 	Yes, but there is a way to say that you're applying ink. To "ink up" a rubber stamp is to {laS} it. This verb is also used to refer to putting paint on a {rItlh naQ}. Maltz said that there's a slang term for this action also: {pID}.
LLL: 	Can the verb {Dut} "slam down" be used for other things, too?
MO: 	Yes, like when you're angry, you "slam down" the phone. The verb {Dut} is not exclusive to the use of a stamp, right.
LLL: 	So the stamp is the object of the verb {Dut}. The object is not the paper: {toqwIn vIDut.} "I slam down the stamp." 

(De'vID, 3/25/2018):  The pun behind {Dut} "slam down" seems to be a Seinfeld stand-up monologue where he complains that he doesn't like mobile phones because you can't slam down the phone any more, but instead have to [mimics pressing a button on a device while making a *doot* sound]. He's told the joke multiple times, and in later versions he does a swipe (for an iPhone).

Dut 		 stress,  emphasize (v)
  - “literally ‘slam down’ ” (qep’a’ 2020)

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    Please contribute relevant vocabulary or notes from the last 
    year or two. I’ve fallen woefully behind in updating my files.

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