The idiomatic usage of the number thirteen wa'maH wej means something like "it is complicated".
One can use it in situations like:
- qatlhQeH?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)
See also
There's another slang expression with the same meaning: wa' wa' wa'.
Cite this entry
Definition of {wa'maH wej}
from the Klingon Language Wiki:
https://klingon.wiki/Word/Wa-maHWej
Retrieved 03 Dec 2022