[tlhIngan Hol] Klingon Word of the Day: SupDIng

Will Martin willmartin2 at mac.com
Thu Mar 25 11:44:56 PST 2021


I tried sending this from my iPad, but it failed, so if it comes across twice, well…

When I looked at {QaplaStep} I saw “Hi, Step”, and thought about High Steppin’ which is a form of percussive dance demonstrated impressively by Matthew Olwell (son and brother of the father and son team of Olwells who are famous among those seeking their traditional, wooden Irish flutes). It’s a traditional folk dance from Black American culture around the 1920s.

So, I figured that it’s probably done in reel time (4/4) instead of jig time (6/8), but I figured I’d check Wikipedia just to make sure and Bingo.

Look in Wikipedia under “High Steppers”.

Apparently Okrand is a fan of silent films.

charghwI’ ‘utlh
(ghaH, ghaH, -Daj)



> On Mar 25, 2021, at 5:54 AM, Lieven L. Litaer <levinius at gmx.de> wrote:
> 
> Am 25.03.2021 um 10:38 schrieb De'vID:
>>    QaplaStep               spool, reel, spindle (n) [qep'a' 2020]
>> 
>> I feel like the pun here is "one step short of success". I also feel
>> like it has to be some sort of a film editing pun, given Dr. Okrand's
>> professional history. But I can't quite work it out. Anyone have any ideas?
> 
> I'm completely guessing, but I think the word "last" could be in there,
> maybe even the part "ep"?
> 
> My quick Google search might help:
> 
> "The Last Reel: An Ode to 35-Millimeter Film "
> https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ajAYhXRU6O4
> 
> Then we have the word {Qap} "work, function" in this combination:
> 
> "Reel Works"
> https://reelworks.campusgroups.com/
> 
> THere's even an entry on Facebook, mentioning a final episode od something:
> https://www.facebook.com/reelworksteenfilm/posts/1139287362749801
> 
> So when I read
> 
> Reel Works: Final Ep. of RWTV season 5 Episode ...
> 
> it resembles "reel Qap last ep" -> "reel" QaplaStep
> 
> But if that's just a silly coincidence or intentionally, I have no idea.
> 
> 
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