wa'maH wej

IPA: 'waz.mah wej ] Phonetic'waz.mah wej ]

pIqaDwazmah wej

thirteen

word type: number, TKD chapter 5.2.
This number is made of the parts wa'maH and wej.

Source

qepHom Saarbrücken 2014
See new words released at qepHom'a' 2014

More Information

The idiomatic usage of the number thirteen wa'maH wej means something like "it is complicated".

One can use it in situations like:
- qatlh QeH? Why is he angry?
- wa'maH wej. That's complicated.

The origin of this expression is based on the ternary counting system explained in The Klingon Dictionary, saying that Klingons used to count in pairs of 3. So 4 was actually said "3 plus 1", 6 was "3 plus 3". The higher the numbers get, the more complicated this system becomes. To say 12, you have "3 times 3 plus 3" - and then: it becomes complicated. That's where the expression came from. (qepHom 2014)

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Latest edit: 07 May 2020, by KlingonTeacher
Created: 07 May 2020, by KlingonTeacher



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