Mainstreaming Klingon


What is really going on here? There are two developments that merit consideration.

First, there is an academic website called “Omniglot.” It provides an index and explanation of the world’s writing systems and languages. If you want to see what written Burmese looks like, you go there. Omniglot has been online for years.

Somewhere along the line, Omniglot added, to this otherwise factual and historical database (seemingly), the writing system of Klingon, the race of aliens in Star Trek.

Klingon alphabet

Why has Klingon been added to the world’s writing systems? I thought it was very odd years ago when I first noticed this.

Second, there is a serious learning website called “Duolingo.” It allows people to learn, online, the major languages of the world, such as Spanish. Arabic, Hindi, etc… Recently the site added Klingon. OK, now they have my attention. From the site:

About the course

“Klingon is the constructed language spoken by the fictional extraterrestrial Klingon species in the Star Trek universe. Created by Marc Okrand, the language itself is centered around spacecraft, warfare, and weaponry — but it also reflects the directness and sense of humor of the Klingon culture. For example, the closest word you can use to express “hello” is “nuqneH,” which actually means “What do you want?”. There are also plenty of insults, as it is considered an art form… The mastery of Klingon is extremely uncommon on Earth. Join the galactic elite and start learning this fascinating language. Estimated launch: 8/1/17″

So, what is going on here? What is with the special featuring of Klingon?

So, am I crazy to say?  To conclude? That Klingon is the language of an underworld. I’m not sure exactly who brought it here or why…

Here is a 3 minute video.

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