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

SuStel sustel at trimboli.name
Mon May 24 08:48:53 PDT 2021

On 5/24/2021 11:25 AM, Will Martin wrote:
> The arrow in a crossbow is called a “bolt”.

A modern archer will tell you that the main difference between an arrow 
and a bolt is length. If it's less than 16 inches long, it's a bolt. If 
it's longer, it's an arrow, even if it's fired from a crossbow. A lot of 
people still call them bolts anyway. Crossbow bolts are often not 
fletched, but that's not a requirement.

The word /bolt/ is very old, from Proto-Germanic /*bultas /possibly 
meaning /arrow, missile,/ and further back from Proto-Indo-European 
/*bheld-/ meaning /to knock, strike./ The idea of a /bolt of lightning/ 
apparently comes from Middle English in the 16th century.

> Meanwhile, lightning travels at the pretty much the speed of light.

The light from lightning travels at the speed of light, which is 670 
million miles per hour. The actual lightning bolt travels at about 270 
thousand miles per hour.


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