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Re: Quote from Khamlet

>Actually, maybe not... see, the "taH pagh taHbe'" quote was actually used in
>the movie... Christopher Plummer quoting Shakespeare from the original
>Klingon.. and the genesis of the Shakespeare Restoration Project, to boot...

Two stories from Klingon tradition:

In a brief interview during UPN's "Star Trek 25th Anniversary Special", 
Marc Okrand talked about how he had to invent the verb {taH}.  I didn't see 
the show, but as I understand it Okrand had originally translated the line 
as {yIn pagh yInbe'}, but when it came time to film the scene actor 
Christopher Plummer (Chang) didn't think the line sounded "Klingon" (i.e. 
guttural) enough, so the director asked him to rewrite it on the spot with 
the cast and crew waiting.  Okrand later reported at a qep'a' that when 
they sprang this on him, he said to himself that no matter what, there was 
no way he was going to put a copula (i.e. "to be") into Klingon, especially 
not NOW and so he quickly adapted the existing verb suffix {-taH} into a 
separate verb {taH} "continue, go on, endure" - complete with a guttural 
/H/ that Plummer could emphasize for effect.

And in KGT (p. 194) we read about the dangers of not enunciating Klingon 

   "There is a story, perhaps apocryphal, of a non-Klingon actor who 
attempted to
    play the lead in the original Klingon version of Shakespeare's Hamlet 
but was
    shouted off the stage when he began the famous soliloquy by saying, 
{taQ pagh
    taQbe'} ("To be weird or not to be weird"), rather than the correct 
{taH pagh
    taHbe'} ("To be or not to be; literally", '[one] continues or [one] 
does not

I wonder... Which actor did Okrand have in mind when he wrote this?  <g>

Ca'Non Master of the Klingons

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