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

Steven Boozer sboozer at uchicago.edu
Wed Oct 12 10:03:35 PDT 2022

Just read this morning and - considering that yesterday's WOTD was "deflector" - thought I'd share:

"The DART mission successfully changed the motion of an asteroid"

The article calls the spacecraft "deflection technology", which I suppose technically it is.  The John Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory refers to "the planetary defense technique known as kinetic impact", a fancy way of saying  that it intentionally slammed into the rock.

For more information on DART see:


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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.

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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