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xvicente May 3 2013 01:19 PM

"Why is any object we don't understand always called a thing?"
 
Well, what else should we call it then, Bones?:confused:

Maurice May 3 2013 05:32 PM

Re: "Why is any object we don't understand always called a thing?"
 
An object. A cloud. A force. Etc.

Next question.

Angry Fanboy May 3 2013 10:37 PM

Angry Fanboy
 
Just can't beat a friendly reply can you? :confused:

OneBuckFilms May 4 2013 12:33 AM

Re: "Why is any object we don't understand always called a thing?"
 
Data: Ah, an Object, Cloud, Item, UFO, Unkown, Projectile, Anoma..

Picard: data ...

Data: ...ly.

sbk1234 May 4 2013 05:30 AM

Re: "Why is any object we don't understand always called a thing?"
 
McCoy sure sounds extra cantankerous in that scene. But given the fact that he was in a really bad mood when he beamed aboard, essentially being impressed into service by Kirk and Starfleet, I figure he was just looking for ANYTHING to complain about.

MikeS May 4 2013 03:25 PM

Re: "Why is any object we don't understand always called a thing?"
 
Quote:

sbk1234 wrote: (Post 8041066)
McCoy sure sounds extra cantankerous in that scene. But given the fact that he was in a really bad mood when he beamed aboard, essentially being impressed into service by Kirk and Starfleet, I figure he was just looking for ANYTHING to complain about.

Impressed? I think he was far from impressed if I read that scene correctly.

sbk1234 May 4 2013 03:48 PM

Re: "Why is any object we don't understand always called a thing?"
 
He THOUGHT he was impressed, although that was a bit of intended exaggeration of the word.
"Your revered Admiral Nogura invoked a little-known, seldom-used reserve activation clause. In simple language, they drafted me!"

R. Star May 4 2013 03:54 PM

Re: "Why is any object we don't understand always called a thing?"
 
"Why is it you don't ever do anything useful on the bridge but bitch about the situation we're in?"

inflatabledalek May 4 2013 05:09 PM

Re: "Why is any object we don't understand always called a thing?"
 
I'd guess McCoy was just a bit sick of people going "What is that thing on your face?"

CorporalCaptain May 4 2013 05:24 PM

Re: "Why is any object we don't understand always called a thing?"
 
Using the word thing could suggest a belief that the referred-to object might cause problems. I always thought that that prejudice was what McCoy was objecting to.

Also, cf The Thing from Another World.

Greg Cox May 4 2013 06:31 PM

Re: "Why is any object we don't understand always called a thing?"
 
Quote:

xvicente wrote: (Post 8037931)
Well, what else should we call it then, Bones?:confused:

He's a doctor, not a thesaurus, damnit!

Grant May 4 2013 07:14 PM

Re: "Why is any object we don't understand always called a thing?"
 
Quote:

sbk1234 wrote: (Post 8041066)
McCoy sure sounds extra cantankerous in that scene. But given the fact that he was in a really bad mood when he beamed aboard, essentially being impressed into service by Kirk and Starfleet, I figure he was just looking for ANYTHING to complain about.


Agree

Melakon May 4 2013 07:44 PM

Re: "Why is any object we don't understand always called a thing?"
 
"Bones, there's a cosmic muffin out there."

"Why is anything we don't understand always called an edible foodstuff?"

T'Girl May 5 2013 03:43 AM

Re: "Why is any object we don't understand always called a thing?"
 
Quote:

CorporalCaptain wrote: (Post 8042641)
Using the word thing could suggest a belief that the referred-to object might cause problems. I always thought that that prejudice was what McCoy was objecting to.

Ben Grimm from the fantastic four was really a sweet guy.


:)

Maurice May 5 2013 05:22 AM

Re: "Why is any object we don't understand always called a thing?"
 
One sense of "thing" is to express disapproval or contempt for something: "it's some Vulcan thing", the tone of which is what I suspect Bones was referring to.


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