[tlhIngan Hol] Klingon Word of the Day: 'ab

Steven Boozer sboozer at uchicago.edu
Fri Mar 6 07:20:33 PST 2020

Klingon word: 'ab
Part of speech: verb
Definition: have a length/height of (object is length)
Source: S32, HQ:v6n2p9; clarified by Okrand on MSN

(st.k 10/22/1997):  There are two words used for length:  {'aD} and {'ab}.  Both of these can be translated as "have a length of", but they are used somewhat differently.  {'aD} is used in contrast with {juch} "have a width of" in measuring, say, a table top.  {'ab}, on the other hand, is used for (potentially) longish, skinnyish things (for example, spears) and also for heights.

wej 'ujmey 'ab 'oy'naQ 
Painstiks are a little over one meter long  (S32)

jav 'ujmey 'ab SuvwI' 
the warrior has a length of six *ujs* 
the warrior stands six *ujs*
the warrior is six *ujs* tall  (st.k 10/22/1997)

vagh 'ujmey vI'ab 
I have a length of five *ujs*
I'm five *ujs* tall. (st.k 10/22/1997)

wej 'uj 'ab naQjej 
the spear has a length of three *uj* 
the spear measures three *uj*
the spear is three *uj* long   (st.k 10/22/1997)

loSmaH jav vI' Soch loS 'uj 'ab meH 
Bridge Height: 16.28 M. (KBoP)

HIvtaHvIS toQDuj cha'vatlh wejmaH Soch vI' vagh chorgh 'uj 'ab 'oH 
Attack Formation Height: 82.75 M. (KBoP)

qughtaHvIS toQDuj HutmaH vI' jav wa' 'uj 'ab 'oH 
Cruise Formation Height: 31.56 M. (KBoP)

SaqtaHvIS toQDuj wa'vatlh loS vI' jav chorgh 'uj 'ab 'oH 
Landing Formation Height: 36.46 M. (KBoP)

rav cha' 'uj(mey) 'aqroS loS 'uj(mey) 'ab 
has a length between two and four *ujes* (qep’a’ 2019)

'aD  		have a length of,  measure (v)
'uj		*uj* (unit of linear measure ca. 35 cm.) (n)

juv 		measure (v)
woch 		be tall (in stature) (v)
tIq 		be long, lengthy, extended (of an object) (v)
vaS 		be wide, broad (v)
Juch		have a width of (v)
men 		have an area of (v)

Ca'Non Master of the Klingons

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