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Old August 19 2013, 11:47 AM   #1
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Star Trek etymology

Star Trek etymology:
Ocampa Lat. oc, ob -toward, against + campus -field
Annorax Lat. annum -year + rex -king
Dukat Lat. ducere, ducatus -to lead (leader)
Hirogen hero + generare -to born, generate
Masaka from word mask
Kazon Gr. kakos -bad + zone
Borg Gr. kybernetes -helmsman + ergon, -org -work, cyborg
Korgano Lat. cor -heart + Gr. ganos -joy
Cardassia Gr. kardia -heart + as, assis -copper coin (heart made of copper because were cruel)
Ferengi Lat. fero, ferre -to bear, to carry + angor, anxiety
Krenim Gr. chronos -time
Orpax or -gold (French) + Lat. pax -peace
Tricorder Lat. tri -three + cor, cordis -heart (three times thinker for computer com -together, with + putare -to think
Hologram Gr. holos -whole, complete + gramma -letter, writing
Android Gr. aner, andros -man + eidos, -oid -form, shape
Duras Lat. durus -hard
Ponfar Lat. ponere -to put + fari -to speak
Sto-vo-kor Lat. sto -I stand + vocare -to call + cor, cordis -heart
Ulani Belor Lat. ullus -any + an -of, related to + bellum -war
Benil Lat. bene -well + il -of, related to
Dolak Lat. dolor -pain + ac -of, related to
Korinas Lat. cor, cordis -heart + in -of, related to
Lonar Lat. luna -moon
Krim grim
Ocett Lat. oculus -eye + ett -little, small
Pirak Gr. pyr -fire + ac -of, related to
Preloc Lat. prae, pre -before + loqui, locutus -speak
Prenar Lat. prae, pre -before + nare -to swim
Ranor Lat. rana -frog
Rekelen Lat. re, red -back, again + celare -to hide + en -of, related to
Revok Lat. re, red -back, again + vocare -to call
Rugal Lat. ruga -wrinkle + al -of, related to
Seska Lat. sedere, sessus -to sit, settle + ka -of, related to (Slavic, Sanskrit)
Spumco Lat. spuma -foam
Surjak Hindi suraj -sun + ac -of, related to
Telak Gr. tele -far + ac -of, related to
Suliban Lat. sulum, suli -each thing, everything + bane
Talaxians Lat. talis -such, so great + ax -having ability, ing suffix
Vorta Lat. vorare, voratus -to swallow, devour
Vidiians Lat. videre -to see, look at, vidi -I have seen
Delvok Lat. delere, deletus -delete, destroy + vocare -to call
Taurik Gr. taurus -bull + ic -of, related to
Tuvok Lat. tu -you + vocare -to call
Weyoun way + Lat. unus, una -one
Mala Lat. malus, mala -evil, bad
Motura Lat. movere, motus -to move + ur -of, related
Suran Fr. sur, super -above + an -of, related to
Vrax Lat. uro, urere, ustus -burn + ax -ing suffix
Xerius Gr. xeros -dry
Orum Lat. os, oris -mouth
Neral It. nero -black + al -of, related to
Nevala Lat. ne -not + valere -to be strong
Jas Holza Ger. holz -wood
Surmak Fr. sur, super -above + make
Bajor bajar -to go down, to descend (Spanish) (because was conquered)
Empok Nor em -in, empower + notorious
Terok Nor terror + notorious
Neelix Lat. ne -not + lex, legis -law or lux, lucis -light, not bright
Culluh cull -collect, separate
Vor'cha Lat. vorare -to devour + chance
Bath leth (blood) bath + to let go
Spock Lat. specere, spectus -observe, watch, look at + ock -of, related to (he was logical and observant character)

For those interested in etymology I made various games etymologies at Crestfallen the Way forum:
http://www.crestfallen.us/forums/vie...php?f=1&t=4011

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Old August 19 2013, 12:54 PM   #2
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Re: Star Trek etymology

Well this is impressive. Could do with alphabetizing.

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Old August 19 2013, 01:57 PM   #3
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False cognates
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Old August 19 2013, 02:03 PM   #4
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Annorax Lat. annum -year + rex -king
Nope. Annorax is an anagram of Aronnax, the narrator in Jules Verne's Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea. Annorax is basically a Captain Nemo character, so his name was chosen as a Verne homage. (Although it's Chakotay who playes the Aronnax role in "Year of Hell," with Paris as Ned Land.)


Ferengi Lat. fero, ferre -to bear, to carry + angor, anxiety
Actually it's from the Arabic or Persian word for a European trader, derived from "Frank" (Frenchman).

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ferengi#Etymology
The term was once also used to refer to European traders who visited Syrian and Lebanese ports by ship, known for their perceived lack of honesty and strong desire to sell their wares, whatever or whoever those wares may have been. The word essentially means, in translation of meaning: a person who comes to my land to give me something I do not want.

Tricorder Lat. tri -three + cor, cordis -heart (three times thinker for computer com -together, with + putare -to think
Wrong again. It's short for "trifunction recorder." In 1966, the portable audio cassette recorder was a cutting-edge new technology, and it inspired the creation of a similar device for the show -- a device that was not only a recorder, but a computer and scanner as well.


Spumco Lat. spuma -foam
No, Spumco is the name of the animation studio that produced Ren and Stimpy (after "Raymond Spum," a joke pseudonym used by the studio's founder John Kricfalusi). It was one of the many animation and pop-culture in-jokes in the modern Trek shows.


Suliban Lat. sulum, suli -each thing, everything + bane
I think it's more likely inspired by Caliban from The Tempest.


Vor'cha Lat. vorare -to devour + chance
http://en.memory-alpha.org/wiki/Vor'cha_class#Apocrypha
Although the origin of the name is never explicitly mentioned in the show or in the Star Trek Encyclopedia, the Klingon Dictionary gives the definition of the word "vor" as "cure" and the word "cha" as "torpedoes" suggesting that the name "Vor'cha" could mean something along the lines of "torpedo cure" or "to cure with torpedoes."
Although I doubt that's what the creators of the class had in mind; on the later Trek shows they generally just made up Klingon-sounding words without consulting Marc Okrand.


Bath leth (blood) bath + to let go
No, it's from the Klingon batlh, "sword," and 'etlh, "honor." Originally it was meant to be batlh'etlh, but that was glossed into "bat'leth" for ease of pronunciation. (For the first several years, it was spelled in official sources as "bat'telh," evidently a typo, but eventually the spelling was adjusted to match the standard pronunciation.)


Most of the rest of the names you cite are probably just stuff the writers made up to sound alien. I doubt they cared much about what Latin and Greek roots they sounded like in most cases. I'll grant that "Ocampa" may have been chosen due to its pastoral resonances, but most of the rest of your speculative etymologies are reaching enormously.
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Old August 19 2013, 02:24 PM   #5
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Suliban Lat. sulum, suli -each thing, everything + bane
I think it's more likely inspired by Caliban from The Tempest.
Pretty sure Suliban has been noted as a take on Taliban?
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Old August 19 2013, 03:14 PM   #6
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^Hmm, sounds reasonable. It may be a mix of both.
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Old August 19 2013, 06:26 PM   #7
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Spock Lat. specere, spectus -observe, watch, look at + ock -of, related to (he was logical and observant character)
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Old August 19 2013, 06:36 PM   #8
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The Hot for Words chick on YouTube does this kind of thing much better.
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Old August 19 2013, 06:46 PM   #9
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Spock Lat. specere, spectus -observe, watch, look at + ock -of, related to (he was logical and observant character)
Okay, now you're just screwing with us.
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Old August 19 2013, 07:53 PM   #10
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Roddenberry seemed to choose the name Spock because he thought it was unique. Somehow, he was completely unaware of Dr. Benjamin Spock, a well-known pediatrician who had published several child care books. Those books were showing up everywhere in the 1960s, in paperback racks at the grocery stores.

Dr. Spock was also active in several protests against the Vietnam war. A famous photo taken during the series' production showed Leonard Nimoy in full costume with a newspaper, whose headline was something like "SPOCK ARRESTED".
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Old August 19 2013, 08:37 PM   #11
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^And Dr. Spock's surname was an Anglicization of the Dutch surname Spaak. I can't find what that name means, though.
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Old August 20 2013, 01:51 AM   #12
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^And Dr. Spock's surname was an Anglicization of the Dutch surname Spaak. I can't find what that name means, though.
online translator said:n. spoke, any of the bars that extend from the hub to the rim of a wheel; ray, beam
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Old August 20 2013, 02:28 AM   #13
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Most of them are bullshit.
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Old August 20 2013, 02:41 AM   #14
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Spock = ray beam. It all makes sense now.
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False cognates
Yup.

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