Betelgeusean n. 2
the language of Betelgeuseans
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.
Hitch Hiker’s Guide to Galaxy v. 40 (footnote)
Third, rent a foreign-language version (the original Betelgeusean is rather melodic) and slip a Babel Fish into your ear.
BBC ‘Guide’ Gets Two Thumbs Up in San Diego Union-Tribune 11 Mar. (Night & Day section) 25
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.
Power of Words in Asimov’s Science Fiction June 8/2
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