[tlhIngan Hol] Klingon Word of the Day: wabDo

Steven Boozer sboozer at uchicago.edu
Fri May 14 08:26:24 PDT 2021

Klingon word: 	wabDo
Part of speech: 	noun
Definition: 	Mach
Source: 	qepHom 2016

wabDo wa' vI' pagh jav 
Mach 1.06  (NASM: Bell X-1)

wabDo loS, vagh, jav je lengta' 
it travelled at Mach 4, 5, and 6  (NASM: X-15)

(qepHom 2016):  As a spelling convention, {wab Do} "speed of sound" is written as two words.  When used as a measurement term ("Mach"), it's written as one word ({wabDo}).  The pronunciation (and, for that matter, meaning) is the same.

Do 		velocity, speed (n)
wab 		sound, noise (n)
wab Do 	speed of sound (n)
  - DoDaj vItlh law' wab Do vItlh puS 
    its speed was higher than the speed of sound (NASM: Bell X-1)

gho'Do 		sublight (speed) (n)
qughDo 	cruising speed (n)

pIvlob 		warp factor (n)
  - qughDo motlh : pIvlob vagh 
     Normal Cruising Speed - Warp 5  (KBoP)
   - 'aqroS qughDo : pIvlob Hut vI' vagh 
      Maximum Cruising Speed - Warp 9.5  (KBoP)

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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