[tlhIngan Hol] Klingon Word of the Day: rav'eq

Steven Boozer sboozer at uchicago.edu
Fri Aug 19 07:28:19 PDT 2022

Klingon word: 	rav'eq
Part of speech: 	noun
Definition: 	ceiling
Source: 	HQ (8:3 p2)

AFAIK never used in a sentence.

(MSN st.k 12/7/1998):  In a multistory structure, the stories are separated by what Klingon architects and builders call a {tlhoy' SaS} "horizontal wall". The side of this "wall" which is the bottom of the upper story is the {rav} "floor"; the side which is the top of the lower story is the {rav'eq} "ceiling" (based on {rav} "floor" plus {'eq}, an element otherwise unknown (there is no evidence it is connected to {'eq} "be early"). 

 (IMO, HQ 8.1:7-12):  Similarly, though in general {rav'eq} "ceiling" refers to the ceiling of a room that has a room above it, it may also be used for the ceiling of a room on the top floor, even though there is no corresponding {rav} and no {tlhoy' SaS}.  On occasion, though, the ceiling of the top floor is called {pa' beb}, literally "room's roof" (from {pa'} "room" plus {beb} "roof"). The term {beb} refers to the covering on top of a structure.

(IMO, HQ 8.3:2-4):  {yor} is not the word for the inside of the top of something. If one were sitting under a table, the (presumably) flat surface above one is termed the {'aqroS}.  There are two special terms for the top of a room, or ceiling. {rav'eq} refers to the ceiling of any room (though, more narrowly, it refers to the ceiling of a room that has a room above it, as in a multistory structure); {pa' beb} refers specifically to the ceiling of a room which is on the top (or only) story of a structure. It is possible to use {'aqroS} to refer to a ceiling, through the other two terms are more common.

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