Word: stretch


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This might be the transitive thing that an athlete does to muscles, or that a chef does to pizza dough; or it might be the intransitive thing that the muscle or dough does in response to being ????moHed. e.g. {qeqchoHpa' pIqcho', SomrawDu'Daj ????} or {qeqchoHpa' pIqcho' ????} – whichever way the verb works.

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      1. Hmm…probably flexing since we have tInmoH, but to make absolutely sure I would say something like:

        mI'rupchoHmeH, SomrawDu'chaj SachmoH 'ej SachHa'moH pIqcho'pu'.
        To get ready to do calisthenics, the athletes expand and contract their muscles [i.e. stretch]

    1. That's a fair point, and I've used Sach in that exact latter context before. But it is accurate in both cases:

      pItSa' chab pIrmuS vIvutmeH baS jengva'Daq tIr ngogh Hap tlhol luSachmoH ghopwIj.
      To make a pizza crust [lit. pizza pie bottom] my hands make the dough [lit. raw grain loaf matter] expand onto the metal plate.

      tIr ngogh Hap SachmoH Soj vIncha' tuj.
      The hot oven [lit. food furnace] makes the bread matter expand.

  1. Totally. And before the era of 100+ words at a qep'a' or qepHom, I would have argued for the same. Maybe I understand better the beginner that show up and want words for everything, when the language manages fine without them. Now I say SomrawDu'wIj vIqeqrupmoH but as I'm doing it every day, and trying to catch up on three years worth of vocabulary while I do it, it's top of mind.

    I've only just learned about the existence of this list and interface and took it as the question, "if you could have 30 new words, what would they be?" I like that you are taking it more as "what words does the language truly lack in order to function," and that's my more usual modus operandi.

    I am now going to take my own advice to beginners, "learn to use all the words we have before you ask for more."

    1. I think that your body exercise suggestions are very good ones, because 1) these are things Klingons can reasonably be expected to do and describe and 2) the concept of each individual movement cannot be reliably expressed concisely based on what we currently know. As far as I'm concerned you already have good instincts about these things despite being new to the system.