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HolQeD article of vol. 11 issue 2, June 2002, page 8-9

Written by Marc Okrand; Originally published in HolQeD, the quarterly journal of the Klingon Language Institute, Flourtown, PA, ISSN 1061-2327.


Maltz tells us something about how to discuss flying and piloting of airplanes and shuttlecrafts.


At the {qep'a' chorghDIch} Robyn Stewart and Eric Andeen were inducted into the venerable Order of the Friends of Maltz, and thus permitted to send a query to their new friend, requesting his insight on a specific word or term. Results of the first of these requests, "bird," appeared in HolQeD 10 (4). Starfleet officials have at least released Maltz's reply, as delivered by courier from the Federation.

Having been grounded for much too long (or at least feeling that way), Maltz was thrilled to learn that his newest friend wants to be able to talk about flying, in particular about "attitudes and movements" of aircraft.

Maltz thought that the best word for operate (an aircraft) was 'or – so the person who does this would be the 'orwI', one who operates (an aircraft). In general, 'or would not be used to refer to the activities of the captain of a spacecraft, or even those of it's helmsman, but Maltz said it could be used for the controlling of a shuttlecraft. He was comfortable translating 'or as pilot (the verb) and 'orwI' as pilot (the noun).

The attitude of a plane is its orientation relative to something, such the ghangwI' horizon.

Be in an attitude is lol. Derived forms in fairly common usage are lolchu' be in a correct attitude (-chu' clearly, perfectly), loltaH maintain an attitude (-taH continuous), and even lolchu'taH maintain a correct attitude. To maneuver the aircraft to be in some attitude or other is to lolmoH the vehicle (-moH cause), as in:

qughmeH Duj vIlolmoH
I put the vessel in the attitude for cruise (or cruising)
(qugh cruise, -meH for, Duq vessel, vI- I [do something to] it).

The verb lol can also apply to people or animals. When it does, it is usually translated be in a stance or be in a pose. Thus, it is used in such sentences as:

DuHIvmeH SuvwI' lol ghaH
the warrior is in a stance to attack you
(Du- he/she [does something to] you, HIv attack, -meH for, SuvwI' warrior, ghaH he, she).

The verb lol is also used frequently when talking about martial arts. In fact, there is a noun lol that refers to a specific position in the martial art form Mok'bara.

Weirdly, although Maltz said he knew of no noun meaning "attitude," the noun lol may show up in lolSeHcha attitude control thrusters. Although the middle element of this world, SeH, is certainly the verb control, the full etymology of this word is far from clear. (If the final element, cha, is, in fact, cha torpedoes, this may shed some light on early versions of the device. On the other hand, something else may be going on here; maybe lolSeHcha is shortened from a longer construction. Maltz didn't know the answer, but he said it was an interesting question.)

When the nose of an airplane or similar craft moves to the left or the right, the plane is said to Der yaw. 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. And when the nose of the plane moves up or down, the plane is said to tor pitch. (the word tor also means kneel, which Maltz thought was apt, since if a four-legged animal is able to kneel with either its hind legs or its front legs, it is able to pitch or tilt up or down.)

All of these words can be used with the suffix -moH cause in such constructions as:

Duj ronmoH 'orwI'
the pilot banks the vessel
(Duj vessel, ronmoH cause to roll, 'orwI' pilot).

When the plane moves up or down (not when the nose points up or down, but when the plane increases or decreases altitude, as if the whole plane is being pushed up or down), it is said to jIm heave. When it moves to the side (not when the nose points to the left or right, but when the plane slides to the left or right without otherwise changing its orientation), it is said to Dav sway. And if it suddenly moves forwards or backwards, it is said to jer surge.

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.

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