[tlhIngan Hol] Klingon Word of the Day: lav

Steven Boozer sboozer at uchicago.edu
Wed Aug 25 08:11:20 PDT 2021

Klingon word: lav
Part of speech: verb
Definition: lean, incline, slant
Source: tlhIngan-Hol Mailing List -  De'vID - 02 March 2019

(De’vID < MO, 3/02/2019):  {ler} can be used for oscillate, and it can be used for a pendulum regardless of whether the pivot is at the top or bottom (or somewhere else). And {lerchu'} could be used for what a metronome does. Maltz was glad you asked these questions, because they reminded him of another word (and helped clarify the meaning of this one). The other word is {lav}, which can be translated lean, incline, slant and so on. It means something like move to a slanted or angled position. The starting position is often, but doesn't have to be, upright or perpendicular. If it's a person, the person's feet stay put (as with {ler}). And, as with {ler}, the pivot point can be on top (or somewhere else). The difference between {ler} and {lav} is that {ler} is used for continuous swinging, back and forth and back and forth (forward-back-forward-back, etc., or left-right-left-right, etc.), while {lav} means motion in one direction only, then the motion stops (though the stop can be very brief). Returning to the upright (or earlier) position is {lavHa'}. For both {ler} and {lav}, the direction of motion doesn't matter (left, right, forward, whatever).

AFAIK never used in a sentence.

ler		wobble (v)
Dav  		sway (e.g. aircraft) (v)
Der  		yaw (i.e. aircraft), veer (v)

Voragh, Ca'Non Master of the Klingons
    Please contribute relevant vocabulary from the last year or two. I’ve fallen 
    behind in updating my files and adding cross-references for related words.  

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