Re: Qapla'! Hospital seeks Klingon speaker - May. 10, 2003
- Here's a fuller article on the Klingon language interpreter call:
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