County seeks Klingon interpreter
Position Available: Interpreter, must be fluent in Klingon. The language
created for the "Star Trek" TV series and movies is one of about 55
needed by the office that treats mental health patients in metropolitan
"WE HAVE to provide information in all the languages our clients speak,"
said Jerry Jelusich, a procurement specialist for the county Department
of Human Services, which serves about 60,000 mental health clients.
Although created for works of fiction, Klingon was designed to have a
consistent grammar, syntax and vocabulary.
And now Multnomah County research has found that many people -- and not
just fans -- consider it a complete language.
"There are some cases where we've had mental health patients where this
was all they would speak," said the county's purchasing administrator,
County officials said that obligates them to respond with a
Klingon-English interpreter, putting the language of starship Enterprise
officer Worf and other Klingon characters on a par with common languages
such as Russian and Vietnamese, and less common tongues including Dari