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  1. ACG says:

    March 15, 2012 at 12:35 am

    “Ila justicca vei cala”

    Therin throne for “Justice is red”, in the Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott lynch

  2. says:

    March 15, 2012 at 6:55 am

    Nice article and I couldn’t agree with your more about Darmok and Jalad at Tanagra. Cannot keep a dry eye, and what a very cool way to talk about linguistics to people who don’t think about it very much. One of my favorite episodes of any TV show.

    But regarding your list, how can any list of important invented words and phrases from SF be complete without Robert Heinlein’s “grok”? It is so cromulent that it has actually entered the English lexicon….

  3. Lauren Ipsum says:

    March 15, 2012 at 7:05 am

    “Kaiidth” — Vulcan for “what is, is” (either from Strangers from the Sky or Dwellers in the Crucible, I can’t recall at the moment). The idea is that rather than protesting reality, you accept it, so that you can then set about changing it if you object to it. Denying reality doesn’t accomplish anything, so you might as well accept it.

  4. George says:

    March 15, 2012 at 9:18 pm

    “Darmok and Jalad at Tanagra,” one of the best STNG episodes ever!

    Although one of my other favorite “Star Trek” words is “baH.” “Fire the torpedoes” in Klingon. Once you’ve said that, you’ve said it all. :)

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