Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, with whom can be no variation, nor turning shadow. James 1:17
For this podcast, I want to take a break from our travels through Psalm 100 and offer a few words of thanks to the man who gave us the Klingon language, who gave us the words that are used in the Klingon Language Version.
Although the famous order, “Beam me up, Scotty”, was never given on the show, Doohan’s character, Montgomery Scott, became one of the most familiar, and most parodied, characters in TV history.
Whenever the USS Enterprise was pushed to the limits, he would famously cry: “The engines canna’ take it.” Reliable to the end, however, he ensured that they actually could take it.
But he did more than just create a loveable character. Coming from a background in radio, Doohan was skilled at voice work. In fact he used something like half a dozen different accents when auditioning as Scotty - but settled on the Scottish one since everyone knew a real engineer would have to be a Scot.
Using his considerable vocal skills, Doohan devised the Vulcan and Klingon language dialogue heard in Star Trek: The Motion Picture. Later, professional linguists, particularly Mark Okrand, expanded Klingon into a fully constructed language with a working grammar.
Although Klingon became refined by others, Doohan can be credited with formulating the world’s most popular artificial language — Shakespeare and parts of the Bible have been translated into it - a fact that is no doubt familiar to listeners of this podcast.
As we offer our prayers and sympathies to the friends and family of James Doohan, let us give thanks to him for his gifts and the way he shared them with us.
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