[tlhIngan Hol] Klingon Word of the Day: jey' Sorpuq

Felix Malmenbeck felixm at kth.se
Tue Apr 18 13:21:20 PDT 2017

Presumably, "bronze" is only an approximate translation of {jey' Sorpuq}, and vice versa, as there are some forms of bronze which do not include tin (and, at least in theory, some copper-bronze alloys which are not bronzes).
A historically notable example is arsenical bronze. Arguably, translating "the Bronze Age" as {jey' Sorpuq bov} would be inaccurate, because it seems that arsenical bronze deserves nearly as much credit as tin bronze.

That being said, it could also be an example of a pars pro toto synecdoche, where something large (the set of all bronzes) is named for a particular example or subset (the set of tin bronzes).

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> Klingon Word of the Day for Tuesday, April 18, 2017
> Klingon word: jey' Sorpuq
> Part of speech: noun
> Definition: bronze
> Source: qepHom 2016

jey'            tin (n)
Sorpuq                  copper (n)

'uSqan                  iron (n)
  ghav 'uSqan     steel (n)
  velSo' 'uSqan   stainless steel (n)
ghav            carbon (n)
velSo'                  chromium (n)

Qu                      cast (metal) (v)
QumeH ngaSwI'   mold (for casting) (n)
baS                     metal (n)

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