[tlhIngan Hol] Klingon Word of the Day: ngaDmoHwI'
willmartin2 at mac.com
Thu Nov 18 05:57:28 PST 2021
As I see it, if you drop a ball, at all moments, the forces are balanced, but they aren’t stable until the ball reaches Terminal Velocity. Gravity balances against Inertia, causing the ball to accelerate downward at a steady rate, until the acceleration force moving the air out of the way of the ball factors in, slowing the rate of the ball’s acceleration, until the balance between Gravity and Inertia for the ball and the air result in the ball’s fixed velocity, which is both balanced and stable.
But I digress…
> On Nov 17, 2021, at 11:47 PM, Ed Bailey <bellerophon.modeler at gmail.com> wrote:
>> On Tuesday, November 16, 2021, Steven Boozer <sboozer at uchicago.edu> wrote:
>> Klingon Word of the Day for Tuesday, November 16, 2021
>> Klingon word: ngaDmoHwI'
>> Part of speech: noun
>> Definition: stabilizer (component of a ship)
>> qoD QutlhwI' ngaDmoHwI'
>> inner support stabilizer (KBoP)
>> This refers to those ceiling supports that look like huge shock-absorbers which flank the captain's chair on a Bird of Prey.
>> TREKNOLOGY NOTES:
>> I'm guessing that this is not the same thing as "inertial dampeners". (Do we have words for "inertia" or "dampen" for that matter?)
> You mean "damper," not "dampener." I think a good word to get the idea of "damper" across would be vItlhHa'moHwI' "deintensifer."
> I don't know for certain that Maltz hasn't given a word for inertia, but I think chungbe'meH Qo would describe it adequately.
> DaH may' bom pIm vIbom. The word ngaD, like jeD, has two glosses that are physically distinct: "balanced" meaning the forces and moments acting on a system cancel out, and "stable" that the system tends to return to a balanced state. This always bugged me, but it makes sense if "be balanced" is the basic idea of ngaD, and the word is also a short way to express "be stable." If a Klingon scientist or engineer needs to be precise in describing stability as opposed to balance, he could say something like ngaD'eghbeHmoH "be ready to balance itself" or ngaDmeH Qo "tendency to be balanced." And of course a balanced system doesn't have to be stable. nItlhwIjDaq ngaDchugh Quj moQ, tugh pum ngaDbeHbe'taHmo'.
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