Science friction for Star Wars Day!

Tell your uncle if he gets a translator, be sure it speaks Bocce.

Beru Whitesun Lars, Star Wars Episode IV, “A New Hope”

In honour of C-3PO, to whom Bocce was like a second language, I was originally going to write this post in that language… but it would seem that on this planet it’s known only as a variant of the French game ‘boules’.

According to Wookieepedia, there are only four known words in Bocce: Jettoz (‘hello’), keezk (‘yes’), nokeezx (‘no’) and zanki (‘thank you’). Oh, and one phrase: wox ho uffdon comda (‘you go and shut down now’). So, that would make a pretty short post. Maybe more of the language can be found; but that would have to be a long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away….

As I was keen to create something a tad longer than a couple of fingers fewer than a double-handful of words (that together make no sense at all anyway), I thought I’d resort to a language that is (perhaps) rather better known in this neck of the woods:

Klingon glyph for 'tlh' (tlhay)Klingon glyph for 'I' ('It)Klingon glyph for 'ng' (ngay)Klingon glyph for 'a' ('at)Klingon glyph for 'n' (nay) Klingon glyph for 'H' (Hay)Klingon glyph for 'o' ('ot)Klingon glyph for 'l' (lay)

Yes, you read that right: Klingon!

English (DIvI’ Hol)


Klingon glyph for 'v' (vay)Klingon glyph for 'o' ('ot)Klingon glyph for 'n' (nay)Klingon glyph for 'w' (way)Klingon glyph for 'I' ('It)Klingon glyph for qaghwI' Klingon glyph for qaghwI'Klingon glyph for 'o' ('ot)Klingon glyph for 'H' (Hay)

It’s a trap!

Admiral Ackbar saying {vonwI' 'oH!} - "It's a trap!"
Admiral Ackbar warns, “It’s a trap!” (in Klingon)
Image by mupwI’ (used with permission)

Klingon glyph for 'D' (Day)Klingon glyph for 'o' ('ot)Klingon glyph for 'S' (Say) Klingon glyph for 'y' (yay)Klingon glyph for 'I' ('It)Klingon glyph for 'b' (bay)Klingon glyph for 'u' ('ut)Klingon glyph for 'S' (Say) Klingon glyph for 'D' (Day)Klingon glyph for 'o' ('ot)Klingon glyph for 'S' (Say) Klingon glyph for 'y' (yay)Klingon glyph for 'I' ('It)Klingon glyph for 'b' (bay)Klingon glyph for 'u' ('ut)Klingon glyph for 'S' (Say) Klingon glyph for 'y' (yay)Klingon glyph for 'I' ('It)Klingon glyph for 'j' (jay)Klingon glyph for 'o' ('ot)Klingon glyph for 't' (tay)Klingon glyph for qaghwI'Klingon glyph for 'e' ('et)Klingon glyph for 'gh' (ghay)Klingon glyph for 'm' (may)Klingon glyph for 'o' ('ot)Klingon glyph for 'H' (Hay)

Stay on target… stay on target… loosen up!

DoS yIbuSDoS yIbuS… yIjot‘eghmoH!

Kaley Cuoco as Penny in The Big Bang Theory,
explaining the difference between Star Wars and Star Trek

Klingon glyph for 'y' (yay)Klingon glyph for 'I' ('It)Klingon glyph for 't' (tay)Klingon glyph for 'a' ('at) Klingon glyph for 'p' (pay)Klingon glyph for 'a' ('at)Klingon glyph for 'gh' (ghay) Klingon glyph for 'y' (yay)Klingon glyph for 'I' ('It)Klingon glyph for 't' (tay)Klingon glyph for 'a' ('at)Klingon glyph for qaghwI'Klingon glyph for 'b' (bay)Klingon glyph for 'e' ('et)Klingon glyph for qaghwI' Klingon glyph for 'n' (nay)Klingon glyph for 'I' ('It)Klingon glyph for 'D' (Day) Klingon glyph for 't' (tay)Klingon glyph for 'u' ('ut)Klingon glyph for qaghwI'Klingon glyph for 'l' (lay)Klingon glyph for 'u' ('ut)Klingon glyph for qaghwI'Klingon glyph for 'b' (bay)Klingon glyph for 'e' ('et)Klingon glyph for qaghwI'

Do… or do not. There is no ‘try’.

Yoda’s classic line from Star Wars (in Klingon)
Image by mupwI’ (used with permission)

Klingon glyph for 'w' (way)Klingon glyph for 'a' ('at)Klingon glyph for qaghwI' Klingon glyph for 'y' (yay)Klingon glyph for 'I' ('It)Klingon glyph for 'H' (Hay)Klingon glyph for 'o' ('ot)Klingon glyph for 'H' (Hay) Klingon glyph for 'j' (jay)Klingon glyph for 'I' ('It)Klingon glyph for 'S' (Say)Klingon glyph for 'a' ('at)Klingon glyph for 'H' (Hay)Klingon glyph for 'b' (bay)Klingon glyph for 'e' ('et)Klingon glyph for qaghwI'

Kill one of them. I don’t care which.

Christopher Lloyd demonstrating his awesome versatility
(although he arguably fluffed his line here)

Klingon glyph for 'b' (bay)Klingon glyph for 'o' ('ot)Klingon glyph for 'r' (ray)Klingon glyph for 't' (tay)Klingon glyph for 'a' ('at)Klingon glyph for 'S' (Say) Klingon glyph for 'b' (bay)Klingon glyph for 'I' ('It)Klingon glyph for 'r' (ray) Klingon glyph for 'j' (jay)Klingon glyph for 'a' ('at)Klingon glyph for 'b' (bay)Klingon glyph for 'l' (lay)Klingon glyph for 'u' ('ut)Klingon glyph for 'D' (Day)Klingon glyph for 'I' ('It)Klingon glyph for qaghwI' Klingon glyph for 'r' (ray)Klingon glyph for 'e' ('et)Klingon glyph for 'H' (Hay) Klingon glyph for 'Q' (Qay)Klingon glyph for 'a' ('at)Klingon glyph for 'Q' (Qay)Klingon glyph for 'q' (qay)Klingon glyph for 'u' ('ut)Klingon glyph for qaghwI' Klingon glyph for 'n' (nay)Klingon glyph for 'a' ('at)Klingon glyph for 'y' (yay)Klingon glyph for qaghwI'

Revenge is a dish that is best served cold.

Ricardo Montalbán as Khan, the evil genius
Jim Parsons as Sheldon Cooper, the loony genius

Klingon glyph for 'y' (yay)Klingon glyph for 'I' ('It)Klingon glyph for 'n' (nay) Klingon glyph for 'n' (nay)Klingon glyph for 'I' ('It)Klingon glyph for qaghwI' Klingon glyph for 'y' (yay)Klingon glyph for 'I' ('It)Klingon glyph for 'S' (Say)Klingon glyph for 'I' ('It)Klingon glyph for 'Q' (Qay) Klingon glyph for qaghwI'Klingon glyph for 'e' ('et)Klingon glyph for 'j' (jay) Klingon glyph for 't' (tay)Klingon glyph for 'a' ('at)Klingon glyph for 'r' (ray)Klingon glyph for 'gh' (ghay)Klingon glyph for 'l' (lay)Klingon glyph for 'I' ('It)Klingon glyph for 'j' (jay) Klingon glyph for 'y' (yay)Klingon glyph for 'I' ('It)Klingon glyph for 'ng' (ngay)Klingon glyph for 'a' ('at)Klingon glyph for 'gh' (ghay) Klingon glyph for 'y' (yay)Klingon glyph for 'I' ('It)Klingon glyph for 'r' (ray)Klingon glyph for 'ch' (chay)

Live long and suck it!

Wil Wheaton delivering his “Live long and suck it!” line on ‘The Big Bang Theory’

Klingon glyph for 'D' (Day)Klingon glyph for 'u' ('ut)Klingon glyph for 'tlh' (tlhay)Klingon glyph for 'e' ('et)Klingon glyph for 'j' (jay)Klingon glyph for 'j' (jay)Klingon glyph for 'a' ('at)Klingon glyph for 'j' (jay) Klingon glyph for 'y' (yay)Klingon glyph for 'I' ('It)Klingon glyph for 'n' (nay) Klingon glyph for 'H' (Hay)Klingon glyph for 'o' ('ot)Klingon glyph for 'S' (Say)Klingon glyph for 'ch' (chay)Klingon glyph for 'e' ('et)Klingon glyph for 'm' (may)Klingon glyph for qaghwI'Klingon glyph for 'a' ('at)Klingon glyph for qaghwI'

May the Force be with you.

Han Solo saying {Dutlhejjaj yIn HoSchem'a'}, Klingon for "May the great energy-field of life accompany you."
Han Solo offering the traditional blessing (in Klingon)
Image by mupwI’ (used with permission)

I would like to offer my humongous thanks to mupwI’ for allowing me to use his Klingon Star Wars meme images (he has a whole bunch more of them!), and to the Klingon Language Institute (KLI) and the friendly community on the KLI Discord server for suffering my dumb n👀b questions about Klingon grammar while working on this post! (And, no, I’m not even going to attempt to try to translate that.)

About pendantry

Phlyarologist (part-time) and pendant. Campaigner for action against anthropogenic global warming (AGW) and injustice in all its forms. Humanist, atheist, notoftenpist. Wannabe poet, writer and astronaut.
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8 Responses to Science friction for Star Wars Day!

  1. bigm57 says:

    Im-pressive!
    The sheer perversity of this blog is breath-taking!

    Liked by 1 person

  2. I am awe struck. I never expected to hear so much Klingon on Star Wars day But it was good to reach the other side.
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    Laugh a while, See what happens

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  3. Klingon on Star Wars Day? Not sure I approve 😕

    Liked by 1 person

  4. Inventing a new language must be fun but trying to use a language you’re not fluent in is just a pain.

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    • pendantry says:

      Oh, I don’t know. Msjadeli recommended ‘Duolingo’ as a useful app; I took a look at it, saw that it offered ‘Klingon’ as a language to learn, and I couldn’t resist. My objective isn’t to become fluent in a nonsense language, it’s simply to exercise my brain. I’m not finding it a pain at all; I’m finding it fun :)

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