What's the difference between a trekkie and a trekker?

Discussion in 'General Trek Discussion' started by RB_Kandy, Sep 7, 2012.

  1. Greg Cox

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  2. Neutral Zone

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  3. Timewalker

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    I most certainly am not ashamed of Star Trek, or the fact that I've been a fan for nearly 37 years. I call myself a Trekker because:

    1. It's a more dignified word;

    2. A "trekker" is somebody who is actually doing something. A trekker is going somewhere, even if only in his/her own mind, conscience, or outlook on life. A trekker can be said to be an explorer, either in the outside world, or within his/her own consciousness.

    I would never presume to tell any other fan that he/she is a "Trekker" if they prefer the other word. All I ask is that you/they accord me the same courtesy.
     
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    Greg is a hipster. I never knew. :(
     
  5. Greg Cox

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    Oops. I guess I was unclear with my pronouns there. I wasn't talking about telling somebody else that they're really a Trekker.

    I was poking fun at the idea of taking pains to explain that "no, I'm a 'Trekker,' not one of those embarrassing Trekkies," which is just going to baffle most people.

    Sorry about the confusion.
     
  6. T'Girl

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    Trekkies, they are the people who helped keep Star Trek on the air for a third season (for better or worst). Formed Star Trek fanom. Went to the first of the conventions (which both of my parent say were more fun). Kept Star Trek alive through the seventies, so we could have movies and follow on series............... Loathsome little creatures.
     
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    I have always been a Trekkie....but I think that is more because of age than anything else. I was a Trekkie before 'Trekker' was coined and I saw no need to change.

    As for The Marx Brothers, as soon as I read that I started singing (really).....Lydia, oh Lydia..Say have you met Lydia...
     
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  11. Fruitcake

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    I absolutely do not want to ever be dignified.

    Well I do post a lot..
     
  12. Mr_Homn

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    i prefer star trek fan
     
  13. Shanndee

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    Exactly! Everyone understands that a Trekkie is a fan of a show called Star Trek. If you try to use the word Trekker...not so much! :lol:

    I much prefer the word Trekkie, to me it is a lot more fun!
     
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  15. Sector 7

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    My brother tortured me with the term Trekkie as an insult. When TNG came along, many people felt like me and coined the term Trekker. I quickly adopted the new moniker.

    QFT!! I was called a Trekkie for years as an insult. Then I owned Trekker. Now I really don't care, because I am old enough that none of it bothers me.:techman:
     
  16. Crisp Crinkle

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    This is incorrect.

    The term trekker dates from 1970, and it is evidently due to Carol Pruitt. From Boldly Writing: A Trekker Fan & Zine History, 1967-1987, by Joan Marie Verba, page 4:
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Trekkie#Trekkie_vs._Trekker
    http://www.jessesword.com/sf/view/201
    http://fanlore.org/wiki/Deck_6
     
  17. Sector 7

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    ^Where I lived, in regular America, none of us ever heard the term prior to TNG. Maybe in those big fancy cities, it was different.:devil:
     
  18. Jonas Grumby

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    I think the difference between trekkies and trekkers is that one of them takes themselves too seriously...but I can never remember which one that is.
     
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  19. Xhiandra

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    i'd never encountered the term "Trekker" until this thread.

    So, what are the chances a non-fan would've? In light of this, I'd say "Trekkie" is word designating a fan of Star Trek, "Trekker" is a forced word intended to designate some fans of Star Trek that just didn't take.
    You can keep trying to spread the distinction, but I doubt the population at large will ever care enough to accept both terms; you'll just end up looking nerdier, which seems to be what you're trying to avoid.
     
  20. Greg Cox

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    Exactly. It's like trying to draw a line in the sand between "scifi" and "SF" . . . you can try all you want to get the rest of the world to recognize a distinction, but the rest of us will just keep being Trekkies and scifi fans . . . .