Betelgeusean n. 2

the language of Betelgeuseans


  • 1979 D. Adams Hitch Hiker’s Guide to Galaxy v. 40 (footnote) page image Douglas Adams bibliography

    Ford Prefect’s original name is only pronuncible in an obscure Betelgeusian dialect, now virtually extinct since the Great Collapsing Hrung Disaster of Gal./Sid./Year 03758 which wiped out all the old Praxibetel communities on Betelgeuse Seven.

  • 1993 R. J. Hawkins BBC ‘Guide’ Gets Two Thumbs Up in San Diego Union-Tribune 11 Mar. (Night & Day section) 25

    Third, rent a foreign-language version (the original Betelgeusean is rather melodic) and slip a Babel Fish into your ear.

  • 1996 R. Silverberg Power of Words in Asimov’s Science Fiction June 8/2 page image Robert Silverberg

    Meanwhile, we over here in the science fiction field blithely send our space explorers out to alien planets equipped with semantic converters that efficiently translate Earth-speech into Rigelian or Betelgeusean, and vice versa.

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antedating 1979

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