[tlhIngan Hol] Klingon Word of the Day: Santay

Steven Boozer sboozer at uchicago.edu
Fri Oct 27 09:02:13 PDT 2017

It’s not the actual interview with Okrand, but here’s what I do have (supplied by Niall Hosking to the list):



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 reproduced exactly as printed complete with pronunciation:

Hello  (literally "What do you want?")
(pronounced nook-NEKH)

Beam me up

Live long and prosper
 yIn nI' yISIQ 'ej yIchep
(yin nil ya-SHEEKH ledj ya-CHEP)
[Mene sakkhet ur-seveh in Vulcan]

May your blood scream
  'IwlIj jachjaj
(euw-lidge jatch-jadge)

Where is the bathroom?
  nuqDaq 'oH puchpa''e'
 (nook-DAK och pooch-pa! eh?)

They 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 transliteration:

1. We are U.K. Klingons!  wo' tay' tlhInganpu' maH!
     (We are together Empire Klingons!)

2. Come along then.       Ha'.
     (Let's go.)

3. Give us a kiss, love.  HIchop, bang.
     (Bite me, love.)

4. Spot of tea?          Dargh DaneH'a'?
     (Do you want tea?)

5. Beam me up, mate       HIjol, jup.
     (Beam me up, friend.)

6. Not bloody likely!           ghaytanHa' jay'!
     (Not &*@%# likely!)

7. Be quick about it.           tugh.
     (Hurry up.)

8. Cricket, please.       DaH ghew yIQuj.
     (Play bug now.)
    [Klingon has no word for cricket the game; ghew can mean "bug,
     "cootie" or "insect".]

9. Let's go to the pub.   tach vI'el, HItlhej.
     (I am going to the bar. Accompany me!)

10. What has Lady Di done now?   DaH nuq ta'pu' Day joH?
     (What has Lord/Lady Di accomplished now?)
     [The title joH, meaning "Lord", is also used for a woman, i.e.

From: nIqolay Q

I enjoy when Okrand acknowledges, in a little way now and then, that there's plenty of room for Klingonaase alongside tlhIngan Hol in the Klingon Empire.
This reminds me of something I've been wondering about for a while. Eons ago, Okrand did an interview with a British magazine called Radio Times, which is mentioned and summarized in this message: http://klingonska.org/canon/1996-08-rt.txt (He mentions Klingonaase in the interview, which is why this Word of the Day reminded me of it.) But I haven't been able to find the actual text of the interview, just Voragh's summary of it. Does anybody here have the actual text of the interview floating around, or know where it can be found?

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