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Star Trek Movies I-X Discuss the first ten big screen outings in this forum!

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Old May 3 2013, 01:19 PM   #1
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"Why is any object we don't understand always called a thing?"

Well, what else should we call it then, Bones?
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Old May 3 2013, 05:32 PM   #2
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Re: "Why is any object we don't understand always called a thing?"

An object. A cloud. A force. Etc.

Next question.
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Old May 3 2013, 10:37 PM   #3
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Old May 4 2013, 12:33 AM   #4
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Re: "Why is any object we don't understand always called a thing?"

Data: Ah, an Object, Cloud, Item, UFO, Unkown, Projectile, Anoma..

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Data: ...ly.
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Old May 4 2013, 05:30 AM   #5
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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.
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Old May 4 2013, 03:25 PM   #6
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Re: "Why is any object we don't understand always called a thing?"

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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.
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Old May 4 2013, 03:48 PM   #7
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He THOUGHT he was impressed, although that was a bit of intended exaggeration of the word.
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Old May 4 2013, 03:54 PM   #8
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"Why is it you don't ever do anything useful on the bridge but bitch about the situation we're in?"
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Old May 4 2013, 05:09 PM   #9
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I'd guess McCoy was just a bit sick of people going "What is that thing on your face?"
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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.
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Old May 4 2013, 06:31 PM   #11
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Well, what else should we call it then, Bones?
He's a doctor, not a thesaurus, damnit!
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Old May 4 2013, 07:14 PM   #12
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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
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"Bones, there's a cosmic muffin out there."

"Why is anything we don't understand always called an edible foodstuff?"
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Old May 5 2013, 03:43 AM   #14
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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.
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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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