[tlhIngan Hol] lightning lightning bolt and {pe'bIl}

mayqel qunen'oS mihkoun at gmail.com
Mon May 24 05:21:18 PDT 2021


This is another subject in the category of "I don't understand because
English isn't my native language". And the thing I don't understand, is if
a native English speaker hearing "lightning" will understand/can understand
(based on context), "lightning bolt" too.

And when I say "lightning bolt" I mean the thing which actually hits an
unfortunate person on the head.. But first, here are some
definitions/descriptions:

https://www.dictionary.com/browse/lightning

"a brilliant electric spark discharge in the atmosphere, occurring within a
thundercloud, between clouds, or between a cloud and the ground".

https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/lightning

"the flashing of light produced by a discharge of atmospheric electricity
also : the discharge itself".

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lightning_bolt

"Lightning bolt often refers to:

- Lightning strike, an electric discharge between the atmosphere and the
ground.
- Thunderbolt, a symbolic representation of lightning accompanied by a loud
thunderclap."

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lightning_strike

"A lightning strike or lightning bolt is an electric discharge between the
atmosphere and the ground. Most originate in a cumulonimbus cloud and
terminate on the ground, called cloud-to-ground (CG) lightning. A less
common type of strike, ground-to-cloud (GC) lightning, is upward
propagating lightning initiated from a tall grounded object and reaching
into the clouds. About 69% of all lightning events worldwide are strikes
between the atmosphere and earth-bound objects. Most are intra-cloud (IC)
lightning and cloud-to-cloud (CC), where discharges only occur high in the
atmosphere.[1][2] Lightning strikes the average commercial aircraft at
least once a year, but modern engineering and design means this is rarely a
problem. The movement of aircraft through clouds can even cause lightning
strikes.[3]

A single lightning event is a "flash", which is a complex, multi-stage
process, some parts of which are not fully understood. Most CG flashes only
"strike" one physical location, referred to as a "termination". The primary
conducting channel, the bright coursing light that may be seen and is
called a "strike", is only about one inch in diameter, but because of its
extreme brilliance, it often looks much larger to the human eye and in
photographs. Lightning discharges are typically miles long, but certain
types of horizontal discharges can be upwards of tens of miles in length.
The entire flash lasts only a fraction of a second."

And here comes the question:

I want to say "One of the attributes of Zeus is the lightning bolt"; i.e.
"the thing which looks like an arrow/spear made of lightning" which is held
by Zeus. (Picture:
https://stock.adobe.com/gr_en/search/images?k=zeus+lightning+hand)

Is it enough to write:

pe'bIl 'oH wa' zeus DI'on''e'
one of the characteristics of zeus is the lightning

Or should I necessarily write:

pe'bIl tIH 'oH wa' zeus DI'on''e'
one of the characteristics of zeus is the lightning ray/beam

~ Dana'an
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