This morning during breakfast my wife taught me about peaches that hang onto their pits, and peaches that let them go. They are called “freestone” and “clingstone” peaches. As usual, I didn’t hear her correctly, and thought of them as cling-on peaches.
It got me wondering.
Has anyone ever done a star trek backstory that explains the etymology of the word for the alien nemesis called “Klingons”?
Here’s my take.
Captains report to starfleet. Stardate 3.1415926
We have met a new alien species. Their language sounds like a cross between the admiral’s wife choking on a champagne cork, as she did at the last party I was invited to, and the sound a large frog makes when it’s ready to belch “gree-deep” but hiccups instead.
Since the new-fangled translator device wasn’t working, we had to go it the old fashioned way. Yes, we were ordered to use it, but whenever we tried it on anyone, including ourselves, it translated thoughts as “this creature is still talking to me” and “when is lunch.” Since this can’t be accurate, we resorted to the ancient standby of charades.
The new species is hominid, dark, extremely bony, warlike in many ways, and most surprisingly, extremely attached to their mothers.
This is an important point, because when we met their diplomatic delegation, who appeared to take many of our own alien ways in great stride, a particular event occurred which should be of special note to starfleet.
You see, unbeknownst to us, the mothers of these large, warlike, bony creatures are particularly small and ugly, even compared to the rest. They are also quite imperious, but ineffectively so as none of the sons or daughters pay them the least attention.
Quite accidentally, one of our ensigns, inadvertently I must emphasize, made a fairly obvious gesture comparing the features of the mothers compared to her children. At that time we did not know they were mothers, nor did we count on them understanding the ensign so completely.
As a result, this insult was met with the instant death to the ensign in a gruesome manner that I will divulge in a separate log. Extrication of our diplomatic party was tricky, to say the least. Before the ensign died, however, he managed to leave with a contribution to our observation of these creatures.
In conclusion, it is my sad duty to report that we are, yet again, at war with an unknown species that might have been our friends in another universe. Since we can’t speak their language, and have no idea what they call themselves other than “when is lunch,” it is our suggestion that we refer to them as the species that particularly enjoys to cling onto their mothers.
Respectfully yours, etc.