Maybe even a cunning linguist.
(I'm sorry, but someone had to say it.)
Yeah, but you waited too long!
I lost a bet that it would be within the first ten posts!
Anyway, I don't think Uhura was any kind of linguist (there's no evidence for it anywhere in TOS) and I don't think there was any need for her to be. I've never quite understood this argument that if she's not some kind of language savant then she's just a glorified telephone operator. She's a communication specialist, an expert in communications procedures and
systems (including the maintenance and repair of same). That's nothing to sneeze at.