[tlhIngan Hol] Klingon Word of the Day: rI'gheS

Steven Boozer sboozer at uchicago.edu
Tue Oct 11 07:29:32 PDT 2022

Klingon word: 	rI'gheS
Part of speech: 	noun
Definition: 	deflector (singular)
Source: 	qep'a' 27 [2020]

(qepHom 2020, in re parachutes):  Maltz knew two ways to refer to this device. The apparatus that creates some sort of force field that counters gravity when  descending is {tlham rI'gheS}, literally "gravity deflector".  The old-fashioned contraption that resembles an umbrella is informally called {'alwI'} "floater".  Maltz didn't know if there was a more technical term.

(KGT 67):  The verb form of shield is also {yoD}, and to shield oneself is {yoD'egh}. (Although the Federation Standard word "shields" refers to both the old hand-held protective armor, and the force field protecting a vessel -- the newer meaning clearly based on the older -- in Klingon, there is no connection between the two. The force field on a ship is called {botjan}. To shield a ship, one must activate the shields, or {botjan chu'}.) 

begh 		deflectors [plural] (n)
begh botjan  	deflector shield(s) (n) KBoP
begh DaH  	deflector array (n) KBoP

Surchem 	force field (n)
HoSchem 	energy field (n)
botjan 		force field [protecting a ship] (n)
luHwI' tIH  	tractor beam (n)

SIS yoD 		umbrella (n)

tlhuD 		emit [energy, radiation] (v)
bot  		prevent, block, prohibit, intercept (v)

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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