Tuesday, December 02, 2008

I don't even watch the damned show

In the process of posting terribly witty comments on Bo's blog, I casually mentioned Klingon Wicca. And Bo was like, "Please tell me such a thing doesn't exist," and my initial reaction was, Hey, I know something Bo doesn't! Cool! Because he's way more intelligent than I am. Small victories and all that.

But then I started thinking that maybe knowing about Klingon Wicca was not such a big boost to my academic credibility, so I got all, "But I'm not into it! Honest! Ha ha!"

And then, for reasons known only to the Gods, I spent an hour trying to figure out how to say "stuck my foot in my mouth" in Klingon.

Don't judge me.


Le Cornichon said...

picturing your handsome face with brow furrowed trying to figure out how to translate "stuck my foot in my mouth" into Klingon actually gave me a chubber...

Evn said...

I knew something good would grow out of this situation. ;)

Code Name Sarah said...

I'm not 100% sure, but I think the phrase would be:
"jIH lan wIj qam Daq wIj nuj."

That's actually "I put my foot in my mouth," because "stuck" does not have a Klingon equivalent, at least not in that colloquial sense.

Um, never mind.

Evn said...

I'm either impressed or concerned. I haven't decided yet.

Code Name Sarah said...

Well, the things I know are both impressive and terrifying. Thanks for noticing!

Thalia Took said...

Considering that Bo may well be able to translate the phrase into Sindarin, I wouldn't worry too much about the judgey stuff.

Lisa Adams said...

I shouldn't read your blog and drink beverages. I committed alcohol abuse..

That was awesome though. *giggles still* Worth it. Yep, very worth it.

Red Delicious said...

I only know enough Klingon to get me killed.

(You can know a lot of Klingon and that still be the cased, but in mine, I only know one word - Kapla, which Trey Parker and Matt Stone frequently use when large groups of characters go on the attack)

And, Thalia's right. The word verifications are getting much less random. For instance, mine is biduo.

knottybynature said...

I am both amused and appalled.

But....uh, at least you're knowledgable about the more modern movements of wicca?

Evn said...

Ooooh, Knotty, good call.

I stay on top of the trends. Yes, that works.

Christopher Wildbore said...

Klingon Wicca? I don't suppose anyone could arrange an initiation?


(always laugh at your own jokes, it's good therapy)


Anne Johnson said...

You know what's wrong with this country? We let kids graduate from high school without a thorough grounding in Klingon. We should at least introduce the language, and hope that some students wish to pursue it more seriously when they get into their higher education.

Bartender, please pass another round.

Evn said...

Chris, I have no clue how one goes about getting initiated into Klingon Wicca... although I suspect they smack you around a little bit.

Anne, this round's on me.

knottybynature said...

Depending on the other more, ah, 'trendy' (we'll stick with that one) branches of wicca, we can offer the 'smacking around' services to everyone, so nobody has to get left out. :) I think it is both a noble gesture of self-sacrifice and civic duty. We can switch off holding their arms behind their back, Evn.

Pitch313 said...

Some years ago at a large Neo-Pagan gathering, a theater company performed a Pagan themed Klingon ritual. The performers spoke in Klingon, and they all wore Klingon costume.

As I recollect, the ritual performance was at once impressive--Klingon costume and speech do that!--and confusing--it's a jump for most of us to shift our terrestrial ritual activities across star systems and story universes!

None of the linkages that we might make in imagination, however, are likely to be as absurd as we might suppose. Any of us, fannishly or dismissively or fannishly dismmisively, can twine together any elements of story universes for any creative purpose. Thus, "Kligon wicca" and the comic book superhero Captain Marvel with the powers of SHAZAM and all.

FWIW, I don't think that Klingons (or other science fiction peoples) would actually be "Pagans" in any Earthly sense.

Yewtree said...

FWIW, I don't think that Klingons (or other science fiction peoples) would actually be "Pagans" in any Earthly sense.

Ummm, no, but some of them might share some of our philosophy.

The construction of fictional languages and religions is a lot of fun, but I couldn't be bothered to learn one. My favourite fictional SF religion is the earth-based one depicted in Always Coming Home by Ursula Le Guin. My second and third favourites also appear in her books (The Telling and short stories about the people of Ki'o).

Code Name Sarah said...

Klingons are absolutely not Pagan. They are without deity of any kind; their mythology states that they killed their creator gods shortly after they were created.

And that is why I find the concept of Klingon Wicca so very, very amusing.