If You Grew Up on STAR TREK...

Discussion in 'General Trek Discussion' started by ZapBrannigan, Mar 21, 2013.

  1. ZapBrannigan

    ZapBrannigan Commodore Commodore

    Jan 7, 2013
    New York State
    If you started watching STAR TREK as a child, did it expand your vocabulary and often make you sound like the smartest kid in class?

    I was a child of TOS, and Spock alone had a huge effect on my vocabulary and general knowledge. And it wasn't just in elementary school that I sounded smart due to STAR TREK. Once in a high school social studies class, the teacher was talking about the Black Death in Europe, and I casually mentioned that the plague reached Constantinople in 1334. That was a great moment because people assumed I knew all about it. :lol:

    How about your experience with the effects of STAR TREK on childhood development, or just sounding smarter than you were?
  2. BillJ

    BillJ Fleet Admiral Admiral

    Jan 30, 2001
    The only thing I learned watching Star Trek as a kid is this: if you try to fight like Captain Kirk, you're going to get your ass kicked.

    The flying butt-chop does not work! :lol:
  3. C.E. Evans

    C.E. Evans Admiral Admiral

    Nov 22, 2001
    Saint Louis, Missouri, USA
    You just didn't do it right.
    But I did the hand-chop to the neck like Kirk did in a fight in the fourth grade and it was surprisingly effective (landed me in detention afterward, but it was worth it).
  4. Gaith

    Gaith Vice Admiral Admiral

    May 11, 2008
    San Francisco, CA
    Being a Trekkie didn't hurt, but I went to a private school of pretty smart tykes, so I didn't especially stand out, either. And I have a fairly vivid memory of once realizing that my daring X-Wing maneuvers, complete with hand-goggles and a capella sound effects, were being observed by a few classmates one recess, who burst into laughter once I noticed them.

    There did come a time in second or third grade, however, when we were assigned to do invidual reports on a planet of the solar system. I was all, "heck, that's kindergarten stuff", and did my report on black holes instead. I think that impressed my classmates for all of a few minutes on the day of the presentation... :p
  5. indolover

    indolover Fleet Captain

    Jan 23, 2010
    Not really, but Trek has made me appreciate philosophy and deeper social issues.

    It really is the thinking man's science-fiction lol..
  6. Use of Time

    Use of Time Commodore Commodore

    Jul 25, 2012
    Va. Beach, VA
    I grew up on TNG but I was late to the party. Started watching Trek in 94 right after Generations. TNG was shown twice a day from what I remember so I was able to catch up quickly. I would say that TNG had a positive effect on my vocabulary but I think that it made me more articulate for my age as well.
  7. ssosmcin

    ssosmcin Rear Admiral Rear Admiral

    Sep 2, 2002
    My vocabulary skills didn't come from Star Trek, but from Marvel Comics. I owe my use of big word to Stan Lee.

    I am amazed at how many of us did this! I'm amazed that anyone else but me even tried it.
  8. The Mirrorball Man

    The Mirrorball Man Vice Admiral Admiral

    Dec 18, 1999
    No, because I speak French and I was watching Star Trek in German.
  9. Forbin

    Forbin Admiral Admiral

    Mar 15, 2001
    I said out, dammit!
    I think it just made everybody think I was a dork. :(

    Another sad result - I guess it was more than just from Trek, but TV and the movies had lead me to believe that the way Kirk, Bond, James West et al got a different woman every week was the way real life was supposed to work. As I progressed thru high school, I was disabused of this misconception. BIG time.
  10. bbailey861

    bbailey861 Admiral Premium Member

    Oct 14, 2009
    Kingston, ON Canada
    I am a product of TOS but Star Trek didn't really do anything to improve my vocabulary. Initially, I don't think it was anything more than a really cool science fiction show with neat aliens, gadgets and bad-guys I wanted to take down. As I got older and started watching the episodes over I came to realize it was that and more. It was a really smart science fiction show and I was happy when I realized there was more to it than the 'coolness' - and I could understand it more on a different level. Didn't necessarily agree with everything - but it did expose me to a lot and gave me something more to think about.
  11. mos6507

    mos6507 Commodore Commodore

    Dec 22, 2010
    Reading Tolkien expanded my vocabulary--with archaic words like "whence" and "thither".

    Trek did make me think about various concepts, which I think was good for me, but it didn't expand my vocabulary beyond "affirmative". I also knew what a "folsom point" was due to the Galileo 7.
  12. Shawnster

    Shawnster Commodore Commodore

    Jul 28, 2008
    Clinton, OH
    In 8th grade Literature class a discussion came up about the Nazi Regime. I mentioned how the Nazi government was the "most efficient state Earth ever knew" I immediately got shouted down by my teacher.

    I learned that, unlike on Ekos, the Nazis were never to be spoken of with anything resembling favor or respect.
  13. Pavonis

    Pavonis Commodore Commodore

    Apr 26, 2001
    Did your teacher shout you down for talking about Nazis, or for citing a tv show as a reference?
  14. Greg Cox

    Greg Cox Admiral Premium Member

    May 12, 2004
    Lancaster, PA
    Growing up, people occasionally commented on my vocabulary, but I think that, in general, that had more to do with being an omniverous reader than any one particular TV show, movie, novel, or comic book.

    STAR TREK surely contributed to my vocabulary, but so did THE TWILIGHT ZONE, THE OUTER LIMITS, DARK SHADOWS, comic books, Edgar Rice Burroughs, H.P. Lovecraft, Sherlock Holmes, Doc Savage, etc.
  15. feek61

    feek61 Fleet Captain Fleet Captain

    Nov 25, 2011
    The Sunshine State
    I had one of those moments. It was in 7th grade; sitting in the back of English class. While I was looking out the window I heard the teacher say "does anybody know what "Obsession" means?" Well, you can guess what happened next. It was like Spock was speaking through me. The teacher was really impressed especially since I hadn't said two words the entire 9 weeks, lol
  16. Chrisisall

    Chrisisall Commodore Commodore

    Jul 5, 2009
    I was with Star Trek TOS from age 7, it expanded not my vocabulary, but my view of the world and mankind's place in it. It also introduced me to logical thinking. When I was having trouble with the bullies in 6th grade, I surmised the only logical solution was to train in martial arts. Then I became the dork who'd hit you back. I found this to be a satisfactory solution to my confrontation-filled social dilemma.
  17. erastus25

    erastus25 Commodore Commodore

    Sep 27, 2006
    Star Trek definitely shaped my education quite a bit. A few examples:

    After reading The Physics of Star Trek I moved on to A Brief History of Time and became the only 13 year old at my school to have a conceptual understanding of what a "black hole" really was. From there I became interested in Brian Greene and I continue to read "pop astrophysics" to this day.

    I also learned quickly that Star Trek character names and episode titles were often based on literary and/or historical figures. That lead to some really interesting times with the old Encarta and there have been many times that I've been able to follow conversations about Shakespeare, Greek myths, etc. solely b/c of my knowledge of some TOS episode.

    In college I found myself drawn to humanist philosophy and also had an immediate appreciation for anthropology and it's ideas of cultural relativism. Probably not a coincidence...

    Last month I started a talk at a professional conference by deadpanning a quote from "Leonard H. McCoy, MD - 1967." Most of the audience paid little attention, but a few smirked knowingly. Somewhat surprisingly nobody said anything.
  18. scotpens

    scotpens Vice Admiral Premium Member

    Nov 29, 2009
    Los Angeles, CA
    Actually, it made me sound like a geek.

    I suppose at some point you entertained the possibility that a room full of science fiction books and spaceship models wasn't exactly a chick magnet. :)
  19. Pondwater

    Pondwater Rear Admiral Rear Admiral

    Jan 27, 2011
    The Backwoods
    I watched a lot of TNG as a kid but I was actually behind the curve, so I guess not. However, I was a good speller, reader and creative writer at that time, so maybe. Although, I do credit Trek for interest in the Sciences.
  20. Paper Moon

    Paper Moon Commander Red Shirt

    Oct 28, 2011
    TNG and DS9 definitely helped, I think. My parents and grandparents are all pretty educated, so I'm sure a lot came from them, and I did read and watch PBS a lot as a kid.

    But my speaking style was definitely influenced by Trek, especially Data and Picard. That had its benefits and drawbacks during childhood, but overall, I think it was a good thing.