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Re: Qapla'! Hospital seeks Klingon speaker - May. 10, 2003

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  • David S. Bratman
    Here s a fuller article on the Klingon language interpreter call: http://www.oregonlive.com/search/index.ssf?/base/news/105256813916000.xml?or egonian?lcg The
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      Here's a fuller article on the Klingon language interpreter call:

      http://www.oregonlive.com/search/index.ssf?/base/news/105256813916000.xml?or
      egonian?lcg

      The call is real, but the need is only provisional:

      "The county would pay a Klingon interpreter only in the unlikely case he or
      she was actually called into service. 'We said, what the heck, let's throw
      it in,' [the procurement specialist] says. 'It doesn't cost us any money.'"

      The purchasing administrator says, "'There are some cases where we've had
      mental health patients where this was all they would speak,'" but the
      procurement specialist "says that in reality, no patient has yet tried to
      communicate in Klingon. But the possibility that a patient could believe
      himself or herself to be a Klingon doesn't seem so far-fetched."

      Most encouraging (I guess) is this last comment from the procurement
      specialist: "Next up: another mythical language popularized by The 'Lord of
      the Rings' films. 'The kids," Jelusich says, 'are learning to speak Elvish.'"

      - David Bratman
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