[tlhIngan Hol] Klingon Word of the Day: 'aplo'

Steven Boozer sboozer at uchicago.edu
Mon Apr 18 08:07:09 PDT 2022

Lieven pointed out to me that TNK was released in October 2011, before the NASM material, so the timing is *not* right.  So much for that theory!

As for the 'aplo' <= Apollo idea, I can't help point out the Etruscan god Aplu, usually identified with Apollo.  

As a non-Klingon aside, I've always thought it interesting that Apollon was also called Apollo by the Romans and not identified with an older local god -- e.g. Zeus/Jupiter (Etr. Tinia), Hades/Pluto (Etr. Orcus), Ares/Mars (Etr. Laran/Larun), Athena/Minerva (Etr. Menrva), Aphrodite/Venus (Etr. Turan), Dionysus/Bacchus (Etr. Fufluns), etc.   


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From: tlhIngan-Hol On Behalf Of Steven Boozer/Voragh

Who knows?  IIRC TalkNow Klingon was released in 2017 and Okrand did some brief translations for the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum in 2016 – which is where your image comes from - , including the Apollo 11 Command Module :

tera' jar Soch, DIS wa' Hut jav Hut, maSDaq SaqmeH Qu' wa'DIch HochHom turlu'taHvIS, wej logh lengwI'pu' pa'mey 'oH APOLLO wa'maH wa' ra'ghom bobcho' COLUMBIA'e'. 

The Apollo 11 Command Module, Columbia, was the living quarters for the three-person crew during most of the first manned lunar landing mission in July 1969.  (NASM)

So the timing is right.

From: tlhIngan-Hol On Behalf Of De'vID

On Mon, 11 Apr 2022 at 16:10, Steven Boozer <sboozer at uchicago.edu <mailto:sboozer at uchicago.edu> > wrote:

Klingon word:             'aplo'
Part of speech:            noun
Definition:                  container, box
Source:                        TalkNow Klingon

I can't help but think that this is the word "Apollo". Maybe Okrand was thinking of the Apollo Lunar Sample Return Container (ALSRC), from the Apollo 11 mission, when he coined the word:

https://airandspace.si.edu/collection-objects/alsrc-apollo-lunar-sample-return-container-apollo-11/nasm_A19710814000 <https://urldefense.com/v3/__https:/airandspace.si.edu/collection-objects/alsrc-apollo-lunar-sample-return-container-apollo-11/nasm_A19710814000__;!!BpyFHLRN4TMTrA!ptxnhmCHr8WYrEAwYUNNySMdT1dV6S6HwN6ueWtGZlbJgzmljfaR0ruOdVuVOpbIv3g$> 

Of course, there are a huge number of things associated with the word "Apollo" so it may be impossible to determine what Okrand was thinking of, if he was thinking of this word at all, unless he tells us.

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