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Old July 10 2013, 03:48 AM   #1
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What does 'nu' mean?

I keep seeing nuTrek, nuSpock, nuKirk when referring to the rebooted (or in the alternate timeline) movies and elements.

But why? is it "new universe"?

'nu'?
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Old July 10 2013, 03:55 AM   #2
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Re: What does 'nu' mean?

New. Represents the new characters when talking about them at the same time as the original or 'Prime' characters.
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Old July 10 2013, 03:56 AM   #3
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Re: What does 'nu' mean?

Alt-spelling of new. That's all.
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Old July 10 2013, 03:56 AM   #4
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Re: What does 'nu' mean?

Because some people think it sounds/looks kwel.

Yeah its a new universe. Did you miss it when they spelled it out in ST09?
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Old July 10 2013, 04:10 AM   #5
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Re: What does 'nu' mean?

^No, what he's asking is whether the prefix is an acronym, N. U. for "New Universe."

From what I can tell, "nu-" is an informal or deliberately incorrect spelling of "new" which originated in the 20th century in reference to music genres, like "nu-metal." At least, that's what the Internet dictionaries say. It always struck me as the kind of cutesy misspelling that marketers create for product names. Personally I find it rather annoying.

We need a better long-term name for the new films' universe. The makers of the 2009 film gave us this nice, handy label "Prime" for the original continuity, but we don't have anything of comparable simplicity and clarity for the new continuity -- or anything as catchy as "the Mirror Universe." "Abramsverse" is a clunky coinage, and it's possible that the timeline will continue to be explored by other creators after Abrams and Bad Robot have moved on to other things. And it won't be a new -- or "nu" -- universe forever, so that label doesn't seem like it'll have staying power. Memory Alpha's preferred label for it is "the alternate reality," but that's so generic. Alas, I can't think of a better term. The post-Nero universe? The Red Matter timeline?
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Old July 10 2013, 04:16 AM   #6
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Re: What does 'nu' mean?

Upon reading the thread title, the first thing that came to mind was that "Nu?" means "Well?" or "So?" in Yiddish.

You guys are obviously a bunch of goyim.

Also, nu is the masculine singular form of "nude" in French.
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Old July 10 2013, 04:20 AM   #7
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Re: What does 'nu' mean?

Personally, I use Alternate Reality for the 2009 movie onwards.

Otherwise, I start thinking of greek letters.

Party at Eta-Kappa-Nu. :P
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Old July 10 2013, 04:22 AM   #8
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Re: What does 'nu' mean?

Christopher wrote: View Post
We need a better long-term name for the new films' universe.
I'm betting it will stick. It'd be difficult to beat the ease of adding only two letters, and it's already in use. Any new name would have to be pretty damn catchy to take over now.
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Old July 10 2013, 04:23 AM   #9
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. . . Also, nu is the masculine singular form of "nude" in French.
. . . Party at Eta-Kappa-Nu.
A naked frat party? YESSSS!
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Old July 10 2013, 04:38 AM   #10
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Re: What does 'nu' mean?

Nerys Myk wrote: View Post
Did you miss it when they spelled it out in ST09?
Things like this are why I frequently use the 'ignore user' option.

Just so you nu.
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Old July 10 2013, 05:26 AM   #11
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Re: What does 'nu' mean?

I think there's a slightly disparaging quality to it. The way I see nu- is to read it as "this is what the kids call ... now". So nu-metal, this is what the kids call metal now; nu-Trek is what the kids call Trek now. Basically when something has been regurgitated in a way to appeal to "today's audiences" but might leave a bad taste in some of the old guard.
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Old July 10 2013, 05:46 AM   #12
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Re: What does 'nu' mean?

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Did you miss it when they spelled it out in ST09?
Things like this are why I frequently use the 'ignore user' option.

Just so you nu.
And just so you nu, telling someone in-thread that you're putting them on Ignore is considered poor form, and thus is to be avoided here.

I'll give it a pass this once, as I have an idea that English is not your first language and that "nu" doesn't necessarily translate well, but Myk's point was not an invalid one:

The "nuTrek" tag has been in regular use on Trek discussion boards and news sites since before the 2009 movie's release, as have "nuKirk" and "nuSpock and "nUhura" and all the rest, so it wasn't entirely unreasonable of him to jokingly inquire where you've been all this time. Take the question in the spirit in which it was offered, and don't be so quick to take offense, eh?
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Old July 10 2013, 06:16 AM   #13
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Re: What does 'nu' mean?

Nu means it isn't auld.
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Old July 10 2013, 01:51 PM   #14
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Re: What does 'nu' mean?

Heh. Who nu?
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Old July 10 2013, 01:58 PM   #15
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Re: What does 'nu' mean?

Yup, Nu as in Nu-Metal.

As an older rock and metal fan I actually got ridiculed on a rock site I frequent for inadvertently posting 'new-metal'.

I couldn't help it - I am from a generation that can spell...
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