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Old December 28 2012, 04:30 AM   #33
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Re: possible reason we never seen the phaser rifle after w.n.m.h.g.b.

The Eggnogstic wrote: View Post
Can you imagine Kirk ordering, "Landing party will arm themselves with CLEBs on stun setting"?
I thought it was hard to imagine calling them ACE or BEE guns. But if phaser hadn't entered the language through Trek, I would think of the word phasor, which in engineering is a phase vector representation of a sinusoidal voltage or current. "You can't name a gun that I'd think."

I wonder if they had called them ACE guns if we'd just accept that as the word for it. It would be more ingrained than the idea the word Amazon represents a retailer.
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