[tlhIngan Hol] Klingon Word of the Day: ronmoH

Steven Boozer sboozer at uchicago.edu
Fri Feb 4 13:29:54 PST 2022

Klingon Word of the Day for Thursday, February 03, 2022

Klingon word: 	ronmoH
Part of speech: 	verb
Definition: 	roll, throw
Source: 	Klingon Monopoly, published 1 November 2011

Duj ronmoH 'orwI' 
the pilot banks the vessel (HQ 11.2)

HoSHal ghajchugh vay', mI' naghmey tIronmoH.  wa'maHlogh
  boq'egh mI' naghmey; chen qav'ap. ghajwI'vaD qav'ap yIDIl. 
If [energy source is] owned, throw dice and pay owner a total
  ten times amount shown. (MKE)

ron  		roll,  bank (e.g. aircraft),  be rolling (v)

(HQ 11.2):  When the plane banks or rolls to one side or the other so that, say, the left wing is pointed somewhat (or even a lot) upwards while the right wing is pointed somewhat (or a lot) downwards, or vice versa, it is said to {ron} "roll". … The attitude of an aircraft is often talked about in terms of angles.  The word for angle is {tajvaj}.  Klingon {taH} means "be at a negative angle".

De’vID chatted with Marc Okrand on March 1, 2019 :

DE’VID:    ... generalises {ron} "roll" (aircraft wings tilt, one up, one down); we already knew this applied to more than aircraft because it was used for dice in Klingon Monopoly
DE'VID:     Can any of these verbs take an object, such as an angle or a distance (as appropriate to the verb)? 
OKRAND:  No.  To indicate how far the motion was (how far the person/object moved), make use of the verb {Lid}, meaning something like "travel or move a specified or measurable distance or trajectory."  The object of {lID} is the distance moved or range of motion.  So you could say {ron SuvwI'; chorgh 'uj(mey) lID} "the warrior rolled (haphazardly) for eight *ujes*" (literally, "the warrior rolled; he/she traveled/moved/traversed eight *ujes*").  It could also be the other way around:  {chorgh 'uj(mey) lID SuvwI'; ron} "the warrior rolled (haphazardly) for eight *ujes*" (literally, "the warrior traveled/moved/traversed eight *ujes*; he/she rolled").  Or {ron muD Duj; javmaH lawrI'(mey) lID} "the airplane rolled 60º [degrees]".  (The semicolons here don't matter. You could also use a period, since, really, they're pairs of sentences.
DE'VID:     Can {ron} be used for people, such as in martial arts or gymnastics?
OKRAND:  Yes... IF it means that the person is rolling haphazardly.  If the person is doing a somersault (rolling forwards or backwards in a reasonably controlled manner), the verb is {Hay}.  If the person is rolling down a hill as if he/she were a log, the verb is {tetlh} (related to the noun meaning "scroll," though it's not used for scrolls... unless a scroll is rolling down a hill).

Voragh, Ca'Non Master of the Klingons
    Please contribute relevant vocabulary or notes from the last 
    year or two. I’ve fallen woefully behind in updating my files.

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