S lanSoy
lan.'Só ] / [ lan.'Só ]
Klingon letters:

row or line (of people or things expected to be in motion)

word type: noun, TKD chapter 3.

plural: lanSoymey


The Wonderful Wizard of Oz

More Information

Besides being used for a row in a grid (as in a spreadsheet or other graphic representation), wev can be used for physical things in a row IF the overall configuration is (or might be) grid-like and there are (or might be) other rows, not just one. So it can't be used for, say, a lineup of people waiting to get into a movie or a lineup of possible perpetrators in the police station waiting to be identified by the victim.

The word for the first of those (waiting for a movie) is lanSoy.

The word for the second (police lineup) is wIyqap.

An important difference between the two is that in the case of lanSoy, it is expected that the row or line of people or things is (or will be or might be) in motion, one member of the row following the other, and eventually the row diminishes until it's gone. The constituents of a wIyqap aren't expected to move.

Also, if the people (or things) get sort of bunched up, so there's an individual followed by a group of three followed by another individual followed by a group of two, etc., etc., but the overall structure is one line, it's still one wIyqap or one lanSoy (or one wev, for that matter, though probably not in a graph).

For wev, there are usually several distinct rows. For example, rows of corn or rows of trees growing in a field on a farm. If there's only one row in a situation where typically there are two or three or more (or it wouldn't be surprising to have two or three or more), wev is still appropriate. So if the farm had several rows of corn under cultivation but only one row of apple trees, you could still use wev for the trees because, on a farm, things are planted in wev-like configurations.

If there's only one row (or line) where there's typically only one, one of the other words is more likely. But, just as wev can be used for a single row, wIyqap, for example, could be used for both of two rows of hardened thugs lined up, one row behind the other, waiting to be scrutinized by the victim. If there are two rows of people waiting to get into a concert venue that has two side-by-side entrances, you'd still use lanSoy for each of them, not wev.

When confronted with one row in a situation where the speaker doesn't know whether this is usual (this sort of arrangement typically has one row) or aberrant (this sort of arrangement typically has more than one row, but not this time), the word wIyqap is probably the right choice.

And finally – the slang term mIr "chain" can, if things are clear, be used for wIyqap or lanSoy (though probably not for wev).

(Marc Okrand for The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, 2020)

Cite this entry

Definition of {lanSoy}
from the Klingon Language Wiki:
Retrieved 30 Sep 2022

Copy and paste, or:
Click to share on Facebook /

Category: nounvarious source word   

Latest edit: 20 Apr 2020, by KlingonTeacher
Created: 20 Apr 2020, by KlingonTeacher

Logo for the Dictionary of Contemporary Klingon

Editors read this first
see example page

remember the swap of q > k and ' > - as in qa' = ka- and Daq = Dak

1. noun 2. verb 3. others

  • Search

Go to main Wiki:

Visit us on Facebook:
Facebook logo for link button

The Klingon Language Wiki is a private fan project for educational purposes. Please read the copyright notice for details.