[tlhIngan Hol] Klingon Word of the Day: leD

Steven Boozer sboozer at uchicago.edu
Tue Sep 21 07:20:48 PDT 2021

Klingon word: 	leD
Part of speech: 	verb
Definition: 	be perpendicular, be at a right angle
Source: 	[qepHom 2014]

leD rav tlhoy’ je 
the floor and the wall are perpendicular (to each other)
 (qepHom 2014 via De'vID)

(De'vId, 11/16/2014):  While {Don} means "be parallel", {DonHa’} does not mean "be perpendicular".  It means something like "be misaligned".  The word for be perpendicular is {leD} and it’s normally used with a plural subject:  {leD rav tlhoy’ je} "the floor and the wall are perpendicular (to each other)".  The word {leD} is also used to indicate a right angle: {tajvaj leD}. 

(De'vID, 11/19/2014):  I actually specifically asked [Okrand] about how to use {Don}, and whether {DonHa'} means "perpendicular".  The reason I asked about Don is that it's defined as both "be parallel" and "go parallel to", suggesting it can either take a plural subject (?{Don rav, rav'eq je}) or an object (?{'entepray' Don Qo'noS wa'}).  He answered with {leD}, which he explained is normally used with plural subjects (implying it doesn't take an object).  Does that make {Don} and {leD} a pair of words which one might expect to be parallel, but actually aren't quite – that is, as if they were misaligned ({DonHa'})?  :-)  I think that's part of the joke.

SaS 		be horizontal (v)
chong  		be vertical (v)
nech 		be lateral, move laterally (v)
tom 		be tilted (v)
lol 		be in an attitude (v)
taH 		be at a negative angle (v)
yoy 		be upside down (v)
qaw’ 		tip/flip over (v)

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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