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Interpreter Wanted: Must Speak Klingon

May 11, 2003|From Times Wire Reports

Position Available: Interpreter, must be fluent in Klingon.

The language created for the "Star Trek" TV series and movies is one of about 55 needed by the office that treats mental health patients in metropolitan Multnomah County, Ore.

Although created for works of fiction, Klingon was designed to have a consistent grammar, syntax and vocabulary.

"We have to provide information in all the languages our clients speak," said Jerry Jelusich, a procurement specialist for the county Department of Human Services, which serves about 60,000 mental health clients in the Portland area.

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