In the 50 years since the original crew of the USS Enterprise set out on its mission, Star Trek has inspired generations of scientists, astronauts, civil rights leaders, engineers, and presidents. But don't forget linguists.
Star Trek crafted a fully developed tongue for the Klingons. 'It's given people a language awareness,' says Marc Okrand, the mind behind the Klingon language. 'You learn more about your own language by studying another one. Klingon has been a way to hook people into thinking about language.'