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Re: maximum & minimum

> {Qapchu'meH 'aqroS chuq} "maximum effective range" BOP
: Do we have anything for "minimum" or "at least"?

We do, also from the BOP poster:

  Hung buv rav: patlh Hut 
  classified level 9 and above 
  (lit. "security classification floor: level/layer nine")

Okrand seems to be using {rav} "floor" in a extended sense.  Note that the noun
{'aqroS} "top (interior)" has likewise been extended to mean "maximum" twice in
the same poster:

  'aqroS qughDo: pIvlob Hut vI' vagh 
  Maximum Cruising Speed - Warp 9.5. 

  jabbI'ID pup: Qapchu'meH 'aqroS chuq: cha' vI' chorgh loghqammey 
  High Resolution - Maximum Effective Range - 3.5 Light Years. 

Okrand discussed {'aqroS} in HolQeD 8.3:

  "{yor} is not the word for the inside of the top of something.
   If one were sitting under a table, the (presumably) flat surface
   above one is termed the {'aqroS} ... It is possible to use
   {'aqroS} to refer to a ceiling, through the other two terms [i.e.
   {rav'eq} & {pa' beb}] are more common." 

{'aqroS} and {rav} are here being used in an figurative, possibly colloquial,
sense for a level above or below which you cannot go.  (Is this an example of
Klingon engineering jargon?)  Cf. the use of "(absolute) ceiling" by
English-speaking pilots to refer to the maximum height above sea level at which
a particular airplane can maintain horizontal flight under standard air

Ca'Non Master of the Klingons

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