[tlhIngan Hol] Klingon Word of the Day: mevyap

Steven Boozer sboozer at uchicago.edu
Fri Oct 7 07:24:42 PDT 2022

Klingon word: 	mevyap
Part of speech: 	excl
Definition: 	stop, enough already

(KGT 113):  This expression, usually considered a single word, is used as a command meaning "Stop! Cease!"  It comes from two Klingon verbs, {mev} (stop, cease) and {yap} (be enough, be sufficient). No doubt in the past, the locution was longer, perhaps {yImev, yap!} ("Stop! It is enough!") Actually, {yImev!} ("Stop!") is the imperative form if the command is given to an individual; to tell a group to stop, one would say {pemev!} The dropping of the imperative prefix ({yI-} or {pe-}) is what would be expected in Clipped Klingon, the abbreviated form of the language frequently used in giving military orders or when under duress; {yap} (be enough) is used as if an exclamation or a single-word sentence meaning It is enough. The two words have been used in juxtaposition ({mev, yap}) for so long, they have come to be accepted as a single, though grammatically peculiar, word. If the order of the components were reversed ({yapmev}), the utterance would be meaningless.

  "mevyap! "That is enough!" (Kurn to Worf, who was preparing to attack him. TNG "Sins of the Father")

 "Mev'Yap, Thopok!" (DS9 "Looking for Par'Mach in All the Wrong Places")

rIntaH 		It is accomplished! It is done! (excl)
pItlh 		Done! All finished! (excl)

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