Performer Jacqueline Salamack (L) jokes with an audience member after a performance of "A Klingon Christmas Carol" in Chicago, December 20, 2012.

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Why Yes, I Do Speak Klingon

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Somehow the new Star Trek movie is managing to burn up the box office without a peep of Klingon — the made-up language of villainous space warriors. The linguist Arika Okrent is a certified Klingon speaker. In her new book In the Land of Invented Languages, she describes the lure of Klingon and why Earthlings have picked it up.