Friday, May 08, 2009

did you know that the closest phrase in Klingon to the English expression "hello" actually translates to "what do you want?"?

Excellent article on the history of Klingon.

Via TheAuthorPhotographer

15 comments:

JES said...

Well, now my day can begin in earnest!

(This must make for some interesting times at Klingon singles bars.)

s.w. vaughn said...

OMG, I'm totally geeking out here.

Thank you!

(Today's word verf is splog. Wonder if that could be Klingon, and what it translates to? :-)

PurpleClover said...

Um. Wow.

Jen Bluekissed said...

There's an erotica novel right there. What a great way to build some tension by using that one word!

Jo said...

When I say 'hello' that's usually what I mean

moonrat said...

heeheehee awesome

Sarah Laurenson said...

Interesting article. Never had the desire to learn Klingon, but stories of what went into that task have always fascinated me.

Saw the movie last night. They walked a fine line, but did a great job of it (even without the Klingon and with the addition of Hell's Angels as the Romulans).

Anna Claire said...

My hubby is a total Trekkie (TNG rulz) so I've had to learn my way through the Trek world. I used to call Klingons "those people whose heads look like somebody's butt sat on them."

In college I saw a production of The Taming of the Shrew (I think) done Star Trek-style and one of the minor characters, a guard, spoke his few lines in Klingon; apparently the director had translated the Shakespeare to Klingon for him.

Charles Gramlich said...

I sometimes think Klingon "should" have been my native language.

dawtheminstrel said...

Good lord. The geek factor is high here. And I say that with all love.

After the Tolkien movies came out, I remember reading a list of the Top 10 Reasons to Learn Sindarin and "You've already learned Klingon" was on there.

BuffySquirrel said...

I assumed it translated as "Prepare to die!"

baka-kit said...

Now my brain is trying to figure out a Star Trek/Babylon 5 crossover.

Or thinking that maybe Klingons used to work retail. Because when I say "hello" to a customer, it's the expletive-deleted version of same. (It would account for the surliness, too; by the end of a shift, I've generally used up my niceness for the day.)

/dork

Heather Hansen said...

Um...

*blink*
*blink*

Yeee-ah.

writtenwyrdd said...

You know, the first thing I thought upon reading this (other than that you are such a geek and I love that in people)is that your post title should be the opening line to a book. It would totally hook me. (May I quote you?)

moonrat said...

Writtenwyrdd--please! Feel free! And let me know when the book is out so I can buy a copy. ;)