# [tlhIngan Hol] Klingon Word of the Day: qarpal

Steven Boozer sboozer at uchicago.edu
Tue Jun 21 08:08:00 PDT 2022

```Klingon Word of the Day for Monday, June 20, 2022

Klingon word: 	qarpal
Part of speech: 	noun
Definition: 	trapezoid
Source: 	qep'a' 27 [2020]
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(qep'a' 2020):  American — not British — sense of “trapezoid"

"A quadrilateral with at least one pair of parallel sides is called, in American and Canadian English, a trapezoid (/ˈtræpəzɔɪd/). In British and other forms of English, a (North American) trapezoid is called a trapezium (/trəˈpiːziəm/). The transposition of these two terms was a result of an error in Charles Hutton's mathematical dictionary."  [cf. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Trapezoid ]

(De'vID, 11/16/2014 < qepHom 2014):  Traditionally (meaning long ago), angles were measured using a unit called a {law}. Using the decimal counting system, there were 243 {lawmey} in a {gho} (circle), and each angle in a {ra’Duch tIQ} (equilateral triangle) had 40.5 {lawmey}.  These days, Klingons reckon angles the way most of the galaxy does. The unit of measure (degree) is a {lawrI’} (some people say {law chu’}, though that’s used less and less), and there are 360 {lawrI’mey} in a {gho} and 60 {lawrI’mey} in each angle of a {ra’Duch tIQ}.  […]   {tIQ} in {ra’Duch tIQ} "equilateral triangle" is used for triangles only.  For other polygons with equal sides/angles, the word {HoS} is used instead. For example: {vagh reD mey’ HoS} "regular pentagon".  A {letbaQ HoS} "regular rectangle", of course, can also be called a {meyrI’} "square."

mey’ 		polygon (n)
meyrI' 		square (n)
letbaQ 		rectangle (n)
ra’Duch  	triangle (n)

Dop 		side (n)
tajvaj 		angle (n)

wan  		be straight (v)
Don  		be parallel,  go parallel to (v)

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