[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]

(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)
loS reD mey' 	quadrilateral (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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    year or two. I’ve fallen woefully behind in updating my files.

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