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Old March 13 2013, 07:58 PM   #1
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Words you've learned (and learned how to use) from Star Trek

Now the temptation is to fill this thread with technobabble words like tachyons and duranium shadows... but

I'm trying to be a bit more serious.

Often, in Trek, the characters have a propensity to sue language well, to articulate themselves in a manner different than the way we do. also, many of the actors are theatrically trained, allowing for some unique word usage in their various speeches.

What words have you learned from Star Trek? How has it helped your vocabulary?

Example, I used today:
ineffable

Data used it in Measure of a Man. I use it to describe what is lost when I try to describe a dream I had to someone else. I'd never heard that word before I was 15, and that episode aired, yet, as soon as Data said it, I knew what he meant. It was a great learning experience for me!
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Old March 13 2013, 08:46 PM   #2
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A high school friend once told me, "Stop that! Normal people don't talk that way." Aside from watching TREK as a kid, the 5000 books insulating the house may have been a factor.
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Old March 13 2013, 08:47 PM   #3
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Re: Words you've learned (and learned how to use) from Star Trek

I believe my first encounter of the word "Trek" was as a wee lad watching first-run TOS. In fact, a significant number of my contemporaries consistently referred to the show as "Star Track." And, to be honest, "Star Trek" did sound rather dorky to my young mind.
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Old March 13 2013, 09:55 PM   #4
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Cenotaph and elogium spring instantly to mind.
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Old March 13 2013, 10:15 PM   #5
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Not Star Trek, but I got my introduction to Freudian theory from Forbidden Planet. "Dad, what's a monster from the Id?"

And, yes, I learned the word "mutant" from the original X-Men comics.

And I learned about communion wafers from Dracula . . . . .

Nothing from Trek immediately comes to mind, though.

P.S. One more: I learned about "antibodies" from Fantastic Voyage.
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Old March 13 2013, 10:28 PM   #6
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Re: Words you've learned (and learned how to use) from Star Trek

I probably learned the words "warp," "transport," and "starship" from Trek.

But I can't really say Trek has helped my vocabulary any, since I really don't use various terms from any series in real life.
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Old March 13 2013, 10:41 PM   #7
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Earl Grey Tea....
No, really as I had never heard of it before. I have often wondered if it had not been for Star trek would Earl Grey Tea have had any sort of popularity . It was hard to keep on the shelves back when Next Gen was on.
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Old March 13 2013, 11:24 PM   #8
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Re: Words you've learned (and learned how to use) from Star Trek

"Peroration" (I, Mudd)
"Inculcate" (The Galileo Seven)
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Old March 14 2013, 12:39 AM   #9
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I'm gonna take a guess and say that most of these words are gonna be coming from Spock.

I know it's true for me.
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Old March 14 2013, 12:50 AM   #10
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"Interferometric"

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Old March 14 2013, 01:01 AM   #11
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Re: Words you've learned (and learned how to use) from Star Trek

Most English words.

Before I started watching Star Trek in the original language (opposed to the Italian dubbing they show on tv here), my English was limited to "Where is the restroom?" and "The pen is on the table"...
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Old March 14 2013, 03:37 AM   #12
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Boldly
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Old March 14 2013, 05:16 AM   #13
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Re: Words you've learned (and learned how to use) from Star Trek

I've learned the word "limned" from the books. It seems its included in a special vocabulary list Treklit authors are encouraged to use.
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Old March 14 2013, 07:12 AM   #14
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CaptainDave1701 wrote: View Post
Earl Grey Tea....
No, really as I had never heard of it before. I have often wondered if it had not been for Star trek would Earl Grey Tea have had any sort of popularity . It was hard to keep on the shelves back when Next Gen was on.
Similar to how Jelly Bellys became famous when Ronald Regan named them as his favorite candy?

And Earl Grey Tea is good and I'll admit I only tried it because Picard drank it!

As to other words...I can't think of any off the top of my head. I usually stick with quoting lines from Star Trek when I find a situation that's appropriate, but not specific words used in every day conversation.
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"Peroration" (I, Mudd)
"Inculcate" (The Galileo Seven)
I fucking love that word "inculcate"!!

And then there is that great and powerful word that would never have pierced my tech-tard mind without Star Trek: tachyon. Sweet, sweet tachyons.
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