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Australian attraction to offer tours in Klingon language

The Jenolan Caves in Australia's Blue Mountains will soon offer the world's first audio tour entirely in Klingon, the fictional language used by the lumpy-headed, militaristic aliens in the Star Trek universe.

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In the episode, titled "Relics," the Enterprise crew discovers that Montgomery "Scotty" Scott of the original "Star Trek" series (played by James Doohan) found a way to survive for 75 years aboard the wreck of the Jenolan on the surface of a solar system-size metal shell. Scotty is revived, whereupon the doughty engineer saves the Enterprise from certain destruction.

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As a Klingon might say: "Qapla!" or "Success!"

Klingon culture

As modern, made-up languages go, Klingon has been extremely successful.

Marc Okrand, an American linguist, devised the discordant dialect for the first "Star Trek" movies. He later published the first edition of the Klingon Dictionary in 1985.

Since then, a Klingon Language Institute has sprung up, "Hamlet" and "Gilgamesh" have been translated, among other literary works, into Klingon, and now fans can even tweet in the fictional argot.

The Klingon language's sharp-looking letters have been sent into space as well. Last April, the characters graced NASA patches for the Window Observational Research Facility — a new Earth-observation post installed on the International Space Station.

A designer recognized that the acronym of the facility's name was WORF, which is the name of the most famous Klingon of them all, played by Michael Dorn in "Star Trek's" "The Next Generation" and "Deep Space Nine" series.

Dorn, along with actress Marina Sirtis, who portrayed Counselor Troi in "The Next Generation," will be attending the OzTrek3 event in Sydney Aug. 22, along with, as it turns out, staff from the Jenolan Caves.

Courtesy of the Caves' Federation-worthy effort, it will soon be possible to boldly spelunk where no Klingon has spelunked before.