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Re: Chuck

Robyn Stewart (robyn@flyingstart.ca) [KLI Member] [Hol po'wI']



At 11:01 PM 12/1/2007, you wrote:
>Since I don't watch "Chuck" or know much about it, why
>were they speaking Klingon?

Usually characters that are shown in fiction to speak Klingon are 
given that ability to showcase them as nerds. Think Comic Book Guy 
from the Simpsons and Jason Fox in the Foxtrot comic strip. Klingon 
is the ultimate marker of encyclopedic knowledge of uselessnes, which 
is usually used to indicate a lack of social skills.

I've never heard of Chuck, either but as they were wearing 
bulletproof vests and making smartass hero-type moves like taking 
bullets to foil a hostage taker (think "Speed," and the most recent 
"Die Hard" movie), I'd say here knowledge of Klingon has taken a leap 
into denoting smart, savvy people who know just about everything. 
They could have had them both happen to know Tagalog or Basque, but 
Klingon is more widely recognized as an obscure language, and carries 
no political connotations.

jImujqu'laH. vIt vIloS.

-- Qov


>-- ter'eS
>
>--- naHQun <nahqun@gmail.com> wrote:
>
> > On Dec 1, 2007 8:08 PM, David Kummer
> > <kummer.david@gmail.com> wrote:
> > > Really? Which part? I'm just a lurker still
> > slogging through TKD, but I
> > > watch Chuck so I'm surprised I missed it...
> > >
> > I just finished watching episode 110, there's about
> > 4 lines of
> > tlhIngan Hol in the entire episode.
> > In the "teaser" (before the opening "song"), we have
> > the line
> > <tlhIngan Hol Dajatlh'a'?> and I couldn't understand
> > the reply. And
> > then almost the end of the episode (minute 37 if you
> > don't care about
> > the plot) we have a question which I couldn't make
> > out, but apparently
> > means something along the lines of "Are you wearing
> > a bullet-proof
> > vest", and then he said <ghobe'?> <HIja'?> and the
> > answer of <HIja'>
> > was given.
> >
> >
> > quite disapointing, but I'd like to hear if anyone
> > else could
> > understand what they were trying to say.
> >
> > ~naHQun
> > --
> > http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=508314975
> > http://www.myspace.com/naHQun
> > http://www.angelfire.com/tx4/purpleelaphants/
> >
> > Modern playwrights have become obsessed with writing
> > human
> > interpretations of alien theatrical works while
> > ignoring completely
> > our own unique cultural heritage.~Bashir; "The Die
> > is Cast" (DS9)
> >
> >
> >






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