[tlhIngan Hol] Klingon Word of the Day: ghab

Steven Boozer sboozer at uchicago.edu
Mon Nov 21 08:09:46 PST 2022

Klingon Word of the Day for Monday, November 21, 2022

Klingon word: ghab
Part of speech: noun
Definition: meat from midsection of animal

(KGT 87):  Large animals are usually chopped into pieces, sometimes with attention paid to which piece is which... sometimes not (the {ghab}, for example, is just a chunk of the midsection of an animal, including any organs that may have remained attached after the carving).

(KGT 83):  the gastronomically uneducated might consider Klingon food to be nothing but small animals (still alive) or chunks of barely dead animals thrown together indiscriminately with odoriferous herbs

(KGT 27):  The word {ghab}, however, which refers to any chunk of the midsection of an animal, has slightly varying meanings depending on region. In most of the empire, including the First City, {ghab} is rather inclusive: basically, whatever was chopped off the animal as a single piece, with or without bones or internal organs. In some areas, {ghab} is never applied to a cut of meat lacking bones. Instead, the phrase {ghab tun} (perhaps translatable as fillet, though literally, "soft {ghab}") is sometimes heard. The same concept would be expressed in most of the Empire, including by speakers of {ta' Hol}, by a longer phrase: {Hom Hutlhbogh ghab} (ghab that lacks bone). The expression {ghab tun} would probably not be used by most.

Ha'DIbaH 	animal, meat (n)
‘oynot 		flesh (“unspecified flesh [of an animal]”) (n)
chor 		belly, midsection (n)

Voragh, Ca'Non Master of the Klingons
    Please contribute relevant vocabulary from recent qep’a’mey 
    or qepHommey. I’ve fallen woefully behind in updating my files.

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