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Sorry, Klingon interpreters, Oregon's not hiring
by Laughing Boy at 12:17 am EDT, May 19, 2003

] The office that treats mental health patients in
] Multnomah County had included Klingon on a list of 55
] languages that could be spoken by incoming patients.
] But the inclusion of the Star Trek language drew a spate
] of tongue-in-cheek headlines.
] And now the county has rescinded its call, stressing that
] it hasn't spent a penny of public money on Klingon
] interpretation.
] "It was a mistake, and a result of an overzealous attempt
] to ensure that our safety net systems can respond to all
] customers and clients," Multnomah County chair Diane Linn
] said in a news release.
] County officials had previously said that no patient had
] ever come in speaking only Klingon, but that the county
] would pay a Klingon interpreter in the unlikely case one
] was actually needed.
] In recent years, Klingon has gone from being a fictional
] tongue for the Star Trek television and movie series to a
] complete language, with its own grammar, syntax and
] vocabulary.

Hmmm... I wonder how long before my local jr college starts "Klingese as a second language" courses?

Laughing Boy

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