[tlhIngan Hol] Klingon Word of the Day: Don

Steven Boozer sboozer at uchicago.edu
Mon Dec 12 07:57:05 PST 2022

Klingon Word of the Day for Monday, December 12, 2022

Klingon word: Don
Part of speech: verb
Definition: be parallel, go parallel to

(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." 

  "We are on a parallel course with [the asteroid-ship] Yonada" (TOS "For the World is Hollow and I Have Touched the Sky")

  An unnamed Klingon D-7 maintained a parallel course with the Enterprise to Troyius. 
"He's paralleling us again." (Spock, TOS "Elaan of Troyius")

DonHa'  	be misaligned (v) 

SaS 		be horizontal (v)
leD 		be perpendicular (v)
nech 		be lateral, move laterally (v)
taH 		be at a negative angle (v)
tom 		be tilted (v)
lol 		be in an attitude (v)

HeDon 		parallel course (n)
tajvaj 		angle (n)

Voragh, Ca'Non Master of the Klingons
    Please contribute relevant vocabulary from recent qep’a’mey 
    or qepHommey. I’ve fallen woefully behind in updating my files.

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