Tuesday, July 06, 2004

I stumbled on a blog written entirely in Klingon yesterday and I left a comment with some questions not completely devoid of sarcasm and mockery. This is the response I got this morning:

From : Alan Anderson
Subject : bo logh - 'engmey

> Seriously guys, how many people actually speak Klingon?

Depending on how generous you are with the phrase "speak Klingon", there are
anywhere from dozens to thousands. Probably only about twenty or so can be
considered "fluent". I estimate that more than a hundred are capable of
reading and writing well, but still need to look up many of the words in the

> Can you and your roll-playing group have full length conversations in it?

For the most part, we're language fanatics, not Star Trek fanatics. Our
roleplay is typically limited to one evening at the annual Klingon language
conference, when we have something like a talent show, though many do wear
Klingon costumes as "advertisement".

But we indeed carry on full conversations exclusively in Klingon. Some even
"take the vow" at the conference and speak no English for an entire day, or

> Do you guys pretend to plot the end of Kirk and his pesky Federation?

No, but we sometimes wish we could get rid of Worf. Michael Dorn has been
historically indifferent, if not outright hostile, to the idea of Klingon
being an actual language.

Alan Anderson, professional programmer and amateur Klingonist
proud member of the Klingon Language Institute since 1995
qo'mey poSmoH Hol -- language opens worlds -- http://www.kli.org/

I encourage all of you to go here and leave sarcastic comments so that you too can get serious responses proving once and for all that trekkies have no sense of humour, and if they do, they seem to hide or ignore it quite well.

Summary in seven words: Klingons have invaded, run for your lives!

Update: Look at the new Google!

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