Date: Wed, 18 Nov 1998 13:00:13 -0800 (PST)
From: Steven Boozer
To: Multiple recipients of list
Subject: Re: Canonical Question: Radio Times?
Dawut (David) asked:
: While exploring the KLI website, I noticed that the entry:
: ghaytanHa' (adv) unlikely
: appears on the KLI Additional Canon Words page.
: While I do not question the fact that this is a correctly formed word,
: I do wonder, "Why is this word included in a list of canonical words?
: What makes this canon? Did MO approve or acknowledge this as a canon word?"
: The KLI Additional Canon Words page
: qualifies the listed entries as words that "are missing from the dictionary
: (added later by Dr. Okrand) or were expanded upon after its publication."
: Was ghaytanHa' expanded upon or added by MO for this "Radio Times" show?
Indeed it was. Not all of Okrand's materials first appeared in the United
States. The British television magazine Radio Times, doing a special for Star
Trek's 30th Anniversary (August 1996), got Marc Okrand to translate a few
"Handy Klingon Phrases" for its readers. Thanks to Niall Hosking, here they
are complete with pronunciation guide, reproduced exactly as printed:
Hello (literally "What do you want?")
Beam me up
Live long and prosper
yIn nI' yISIQ 'ej yIchep
(yin nil ya-SHEEKH ledj ya-CHEP)
May your blood scream
Where is the bathroom?
nuqDaq 'oH puchpa''e'
(nook-DAK och pooch-pa! eh?)
They have also published a special 168 page book with interviews with cast and
production staff, information on various people connected with the series, and
an up-to-date listing of episodes and movies (all of Classic, TNG, DS9 and
Voyager to date). The most interesting bit is a 4-page spread where Okrand is
interviewed by Radio Times. It mentions some interesting facts about the
language's origin (based on influences from American Indian, Chinese, and
Southeast Asian languages) as taken from James Doohan and Mark Lenard. Mention
is made of the KLI, as well as Glen Proechel's summer Language Camps, and of
the various tlhIngan Hol products available. There is even a discussion of
klingonaase, which Okrand likes! (He says that it's good to see that people
are realising that in an "Empire", there would be more than *one* language
form.) As an added bonus, Radio Times got Okrand to translate a few "British"
phrases for readers. These are the direct quotes from the article (punctuation
and all)--the "English" phrases, Klingon translations, and a literal English
1. We are U.K. Klingons!
wo' tay' tlhInganpu' maH!
(We are together Empire Klingons!)
2. Come along then.
3. Give us a kiss, love.
(Bite me, love.)
4. Spot of tea?
(Do you want tea?)
5. Beam me up, mate
(Beam me up, friend.)
6. Not bloody likely!
(Not &*@%# likely!)