Before the first and last Klingon Opera ‘u’ was performed in Holland, an invitation (in Klingon) was shot into space by way of radio telescope.
Whether by spite or by miscalculation, the Klingons did not respond.
Since then, earthlings have made no attempt to contact the species, but have studied the Klingon language in great depth.
Originating from the original Star Trek television series, the Klingon language is harsh, confusing and unforgiving. The man who developed it is anything but that.
Okrand said Klingon strays from traditional human grammar.
Okrand wanted to develop a language completely different from any human language. The sounds he paired together are ones that would never be heard in human languages such as English.
As he spoke phrases to us in Klingon I was amazed by the intricacy of the tongue movements, and the strange scratching noises that escaped his throat.
What I was most shocked about, however, is the immense following this language has. There is even a Klingon Language Institute.
Raye Weigel is a freshman English and community health double major and can be reached at email@example.com.