1. 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….

  2. Lauren Ipsum

    “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.

  3. George

    “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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  5. David

    Thank you SO MUCH for mentioning Watership Down! This was such a positive shock & suprise to see here since this book of rich story and detail, including a glossary to Richard Adams’s Lapine Language, is always overlooked simply because, I assume, the characters are rabbits. Thanks for a good boost to my day!

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