[tlhIngan Hol] Klingon Word of the Day: rap

Steven Boozer sboozer at uchicago.edu
Tue May 23 08:18:12 PDT 2017

> Klingon Word of the Day for Tuesday, May 23, 2017
> Klingon word: rap
> Part of speech: verb
> Definition: be the same
> Source: TKD

  lenglIj lutebjaj lengwIjvaD bel rap, Sov rap, ngoQ
    rap je Danobpu'bogh 
  May your journey be filled with the same joy, wisdom,
    and purpose you have given mine. (Frasier)

  vaj ruS cher 'Iw 
    rap cha' ghot HoS rap cha' ghot vuD
    chen yIn ruS 
  So the bond was sealed in blood 
    of two equal in body and thought,
    the bond of life. (PB)

(HQ 13.1:8-9):  Using {nIb} carries a connotation of preciseness... Thus, it might be used when referring to something that can be measured, such as weight, but it is not likely to be used with less quantifiable qualities where the assertion of sameness is more a judgment... It is never improper to use rap even in cases where the quality is measurable. [...] Again, {nIb} implies precision... and is not likely to be used unless the quality being discussed is quantifiable or measurable. {rap}, on the other hand, may be used regardless of whether the quality is quantifiable. It should be noted that this restriction on {nIb} applies only in this sort of construction. It is perfectly natural to say {nIb va'nuchDu'chaj} "their heels are identical" without suggesting in what way they are identical and without implying that any precise measuring has or has not occurred or could or could not occur.

  ghun 'Iw HIq, rap boqrat chej 
  the bokrat liver is as warm as the bloodwine. (HQ 13.1)

  'ey ro'qegh'Iwchab, rap qagh 
  the gagh is as delicious as the rokeg blood pie (HQ 13.1)


  'ugh ro'qegh'Iwchab, nIb raHta' 
  the racht is as heavy as the rokeg blood pie. (HQ 13.1)  

[(HQ 13.1:8):  the rokeg blood pie and the racht are exactly
  the same weight.]

  tlhIngan woch law' tera'ngan woch nIb 
  the Klingon is as tall as the Terran. (HQ 13.1)  

nIb 		be identical (v)
rur 		resemble (v)
pIm 		be the same (v)
Sar 		be varied/various (v)

tlhIngan ghantoH pIn'a'
Ca'Non Master of the Klingons

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