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

Steven Boozer sboozer at uchicago.edu
Mon May 24 07:02:39 PDT 2021

I agree with SuStel:  the first option is fine.  Or is lightning (the general phenomenon) an attribute of another god whom you need to distinguish from Zeus?  IF not, then keep it simple.


From: tlhIngan-Hol <tlhingan-hol-bounces at lists.kli.org> On Behalf Of SuStel
On 5/24/2021 8:21 AM, mayqel qunen'oS wrote:
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. […]
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

Lightning doesn't come in rays. Unless Okrand has said otherwise, there is no such thing as a pe'bIl tIH outside of pulp films and novels. I dunno, maybe the word tIH is more flexible than that, but if it is, I'm not aware of any confirmation of this. Maybe Klingons talk about pan emit sparks. I dunno.

Since the English word lightning could refer to either the general phenomenon or a singular bolt, I don't think you'll be able to answer exactly what pe'bIl means. I'd just leave it as pe'bIl 'oH wa' Zeus DI'on'e'.



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