[tlhIngan Hol] Klingon Word of the Day: pan

Brent Kesler brent.of.all.people at gmail.com
Fri Feb 17 10:50:01 PST 2017


>From the days of flintlock <https://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/flintlock>
firearms <https://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/firearm>, where the main charge
was intended to be fired by a small charge of gunpowder in the priming pan.
If the resultant fire did not pass through the touch-hole and ignite the
main charge, the momentary coruscation
<https://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/coruscation> produced noise and smoke, but
no substantial effect, and was termed a “*flash in the pan*”. Sometimes
called "*fluff in the pan*", the term refers to any ineffectual, short,
spasmodic effort that dies in the attempt, such as an explosion of priming
in the lockpan of a gun while the gun itself does not go off.



On Fri, Feb 17, 2017 at 12:58 PM, qurgh lungqIj <qurgh at wizage.net> wrote:

> On Fri, Feb 17, 2017 at 10:51 AM, Steven Boozer <sboozer at uchicago.edu>
> wrote:
>> > Klingon Word of the Day for Friday, February 17, 2017
>> >
>> > Klingon word: pan
>> > Part of speech: verb
>> > Definition: spark, emit sparks
>> > Source: Email from ghunchu'wI' to the KLI's email discussion
>> >         group on 22 August 2011
>> PUN: flash in a pan?
> A "flash pot or pan" is a stage device used to create fire & smoke using
> flash paper. Often sparkle additive is sprinkled onto the paper before it's
> ignited to get a shower of sparks. See https://www.youtube.com/watch?
> v=kDRPf9df7OM for an example.
> qurgh
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