Klingon Cryptic

Sure, I might love cryptics and work in IT, but Star Trek I’ve never been into.

Nevertheless, the article in Slate about the history of the Klingon language is all shades of awesome.

An excerpt:

[Okrand, the language designer] He knew the language was supposed to be tough-sounding, befitting a warrior race. Klingons are rough, crude, loyal, violent, and honorable—a sort of Viking-Spartan-samurai motorcycle gang. They eat live worms, sleep on hard surfaces, and desire nothing more than to die in battle. So Okrand filled the language with back-of-the-throat sounds and made up a rich war vocabulary but left out social pleasantries like “Hello.” (The closest translation for hello in Klingon is nuqneH —”What do you want?”).

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