[tlhIngan Hol] Klingon Word of the Day: babton

Steven Boozer sboozer at uchicago.edu
Wed Jun 22 07:57:45 PDT 2022

Klingon word: 	babton
Part of speech: 	noun
Definition: 	pepper (capsicum)
Source: 	qep'a' 28  [2021]

(qep’a’ 2021):  this means it's the vegetable, not the spice

(KGT 85):  Klingon food also frequently tastes {wIb} (sour, bitter) or {na'} (salty, brackish). The closest equivalent to sweet is probably {na'ran rur} ("resembles a *naran*}", a fruit whose juice is sometimes added to sauces as a contrast to the other flavors).

(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.

(KGT 100):  When the food arrives, it should be eaten as is; nothing equivalent to a saltshaker will be found on a Klingon dining table.

Do'ol na'  	salt (culinary, halite) (n) ("salty sand")
qut na'  	salt (culinary, halite) (n) ("salty crystal[s]")
  - “also, sometimes, [{qut na'}], presumably depending on the exact form of the substance.” (qep’a’ 2019)

naH  		fruit, vegetable (n)
pul 		be ground up (v)
na'  		be salty, brackish (v)
Huy  		be spicy, piquant, hot (v)

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