[tlhIngan Hol] Klingon Word of the Day: loltaH

Will Martin willmartin2 at mac.com
Wed Feb 10 12:10:37 PST 2021

My favorite T-shirt of all time has a graphic of an artificial horizon (a.k.a. “attitude indicator”) showing that the aircraft in question is 75% or so inverted and somewhat nose down (nose towards the ground), with the words “Bad Attitude” under it.

lolHa’lI’ muD Duj.

I chose {-lI’} instead of {-taH} because in an airplane, all bad attitudes are foreseeably temporary, given the presence of The Earth’s Surface (which I put in “title case” because of its extreme significance for a pilot).

QapHa’chugh muD Duj QuQ muD Duj SeHmey je, tlhoy jeDHa’pa’ muD, ‘ej lojpa’ nIn, toSlaHlI’ muD Duj.

lojpa’ nIn, qughlaH muD Duj.

‘ach tlhoy gIrtaHchugh muD Duj reH mev muD Duj, tera’ ghormo'.

SaqlaH pagh SaqHa’laH (‘ej Qaw’eghlaH). Saqbe’laHbe’. 

[I’m realizing that since we don’t have a root verb for either crashing or taking off, unless there’s a word I’m missing, we don’t have a nice, neat way of disambiguating {SaqHa’} to mean take off (un-land) or crash (land badly). Any suggestions? Perhaps we are limited to context… but even then, what if we crash during the take-off? How do we say “un-land badly”?]

bISaqHa’be’chugh, bISaqta’.

[Any landing you can walk away from…]

charghwI’ vaghnerya’ngan

rInpa’ bomnIS be’’a’ pI’.

> On Feb 10, 2021, at 11:22 AM, Steven Boozer <sboozer at uchicago.edu> wrote:
> Klingon Word of the Day for Wednesday, February 10, 2021
> Klingon word: 	loltaH
> Part of speech: 	verb
> Definition: 	maintain an attitude (aircraft)
> _______________________________________________
> qughmeH Duj vIlolmoH 
> I put the vessel in the attitude for cruise (or cruising). [HQ 11.2]
> DuHIvmeH SuvwI' lol ghaH 
> the warrior is in a stance to attack you [HQ 11.2]
> SEE:
> lol  		be in an attitude (i.e. aircraft);  be in a stance/pose (i.e. people or animals) (v)
> lolchu'  		be in a correct attitude (i.e. aircraft) (v)
> lolchu'taH  	maintain a correct attitude (i.e. aircraft) (v)
> lolmoH  	maneuver an aircraft to be in some attitude or other (v)
> lolSeHcha  	attitude-control thrusters (n. inherently plural?) 
> muD Duj  	airplane (n)
> (De’vID < MO, 3/01/2019):  I got confirmation from Maltz that {lol} does not take an object when used for a martial arts stance. The verb to use for that is {much}.
> (HQ 11.2):  The attitude of a plane is its orientation relative to something, such as the {ghangwI'} "horizon".  […] Weirdly, although Maltz said he knew of no noun meaning attitude, the noun lol may show up in {lolSeHcha} "attitude control thrusters".  […]  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".
> (Qov (who is a pilot) [DATE?]):  The attitude of an airplane is its orientation with respect to the horizon. It is explicitly independent of its angle of attack, direction of travel, speed, or whether or not the pilot takes instructions well. In English we define four basic attitudes:  cruise, nose up, nose down, and banked.
> ron 		roll, bank [an aircraft] (v)
> Der 		yaw (v)
> tor 		pitch (v)
> QoD 		maneuver (engines) (v)
> – "Inertial dampers failing. We're losing attitude control! Maneuvering thrusters are not responding!" (Ro Larin, TNG "Cause and Effect" [after colliding with the USS Bozeman])
> – "Adjust the axial stabilizers to match the attitude and rotation rate of the Enterprise." (Picard, TNG "Genesis")
> – "I've regained attitude control of the Enterprise." (Picard, TNG "Genesis")
> --
> 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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