[tlhIngan Hol] Klingon Word of the Day: tajvaj

Steven Boozer sboozer at uchicago.edu
Fri Jan 5 07:13:06 PST 2018

Klingon word: tajvaj
Part of speech: noun
Definition: corner of a room
Source: qep'a' 24 [2017]

Cf. also {po'oH} "corner (street, piece of paper)".

{tajvaj} was first revealed as meaning "angle" in HolQeD:

(HQ 11.2):  The attitude of a plane is its orientation relative to something, such as the {ghangwI'} "horizon" ... The attitude of an aircraft is often talked about in terms of angles. The word for angle is {tajvaj}. Klingon {taH} means "be at a negative angle". 

(De'vID, 11/16/2014 < qepHom 2014):  Traditionally (meaning long ago), angles were measured using a unit called a {law}. Using the decimal counting system, there were 243 {lawmey} in a {gho} (circle), and each angle in a {ra'Duch tIQ} (equilateral triangle) had 40.5 {lawmey}. These days, Klingons reckon angles the way most of the galaxy does. The unit of measure (degree) is a {lawrI'} (some people say {law chu'}, though that's used less and less), and there are 360 {lawrI'mey} in a {gho} and 60 {lawrI'mey} in each angle of a {ra'Duch tIQ}.  <....>  The word for "be perpendicular" is {leD} and it's normally used with a plural subject: {leD rav tlhoy' je} "the floor and the wall are perpendicular (to each other)." The word {leD} is also used to indicate a right angle: {tajvaj leD}

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