Tourist attractions in Klingon

Taking the concept of cultural diversity a little too far, the Jenolan Caves near the Blue Mountains west of Sydney is about to become the first tourist attraction in the world to feature tourist tape/phones in Star Trek’s Klingon language, I am reliably informed by today’s edition of ABC News.

They go on to say:

The link between the world’s oldest dated limestone cave system and the fictional Star Trek language is through a spaceship, the USS Jenolan, which featured in an episode of the Next Generation series.

Hmmm, if this happened in the UK at the moment, I could guarantee the right-wing press like the Daily Mail would have a field day taking the always reliable ‘credit crunch-style waste of money angle’ on the whole thing.

Anyway, here’s some useful phrases they might want to include on the tour…

Nuq daq o’ puchpa e’ – nookh dahkh oh’ poochpah eh’ Den-Ib Qatlh – Where’s the restroom, you Denebian slime devil.

Hu’tegh verengan Ha’DibaH – Damn you, you Ferengi dog.

Is there a Klingon word for Australian? If there’s anyone more knowledgeable in Klingon than me, do leave the answer in the comment field below.


I am an author of various fantasy, science fiction, crime and other genre books from Gollancz, Hachette and HarperCollins. Some day I hope to grow up and be an astronaut. Exploring Mars would be nice.

One thought on “Tourist attractions in Klingon

  • July 28, 2010 at 8:04 am

    I think the term ‘verengan Ha’DibaH’ for Ferengi dog just about covers most Australians of my acquaintance!


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.