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

Steven Boozer sboozer at uchicago.edu
Wed Jul 20 07:36:27 PDT 2022

Klingon Word of the Day for Wednesday, July 20, 2022

Klingon word: 	tebwI'
Part of speech: 	noun
Definition: 	food server in a *Dok'e* (fast-food restaurant)

(KGT 102f.):  Some restaurants post a sign reading {moD Soj} ("the food hurries"). This means that the restaurant, sometimes called a {Do Qe'} ("velocity restaurant"), caters to those who have a limited amount of time to eat before returning to their various duties.  In such an establishment, the menu is limited and changes quite infrequently. Orders are given and taken quickly, and lingering is uncommon. Each dish is prepared and served in one way and one way only, so it is inappropriate, for example, to say whether sauce is desired. The person taking the order is, in this case, called not a {jabwI'} (server) but, instead, a {tebwI'} (filler), presumably because he or she fills a platter ({'elpI'}) with the requested food. Customers, even those who have never been in the establishment before, are assumed to be familiar with all details of the fare and procedures. It is not uncommon for a {tebwI'} to become a bit testy (a subtle change in temperament, to be sure) if a customer hesitates or asks questions while giving an order. Other customers will probably show their annoyance as well. A regular patron of a {Do Qe'} tends to order the same dishes on each visit.

teb  		fill (v)
jab  		serve food (v)

chom 		bartender (n)
vutwI' 		cook (n)
nay'  		course, dish (at a meal) (n)
vun 		order (in a restaurant, etc.) (v)

Voragh, Ca'Non Master of the Klingons
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