What did Star Trek teach you INCORRECTLY?

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  1. wayoung

    wayoung Fleet Captain Fleet Captain

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    We get tons of posts about what Star Trek taught you but what did it teach you, purposely or not, that was wrong?

    As an example, as a young child I thought "Supplemental" was a rating of the situation, meaning bad, because everytime Captain Kirk said "Captain's log, supplemental" it was when the ship was in danger.

    Eg:
    Captains log: Excellent.
    Captains log: Meh, everything's ok
    Captains log: Supplemental
     
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  2. Gary Mitchell

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    When I was really little, I would say the "Space, the final frontier" at the beginning of every show. Instead of "to boldly go" I thought Kirk said "to Bode we go" and I always wondered where Bode was.
    My parents used to have me saying it on tape.
     
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  3. NewHeavensNewEarth

    NewHeavensNewEarth Fleet Captain Fleet Captain

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    Some people would argue that TNG taught the incorrect pronunciation of "Data." :shifty:

    "Let's call the whole thing off."
     
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  4. Bad Thoughts

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    I never learned the entirety of the E Plebnista. Kirk kept interrupting the reading.
     
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  5. Tenacity

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    I took that to be information that was added later, days or weeks (or years?) after the main entry.

    Star Trek taught me the incorrectly pronunciation of sabotage.
     
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  6. at Quark's

    at Quark's Commodore Commodore

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    As I saw TNG during my high school years, English being a foreign language, I picked up part of my vocabulary from that show. One of the things it taught me incorrectly is the use of "sentient" in cases where they probably actually meant "sapient". (I'm still inclined to use it the wrong way when not paying sufficient attention -not that this is an error specific to TNG.)
     
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  7. Shawnster

    Shawnster Commodore Commodore

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    I learned never to share in public the idea that Nazi Germany was the most efficient form of government.

    KIRK: But why Nazi Germany? You studied history. You knew what the Nazis were.
    GILL: Most efficient state Earth ever knew.
     
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  8. BillJ

    BillJ Canon Warrior Premium Member

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    Life, the Universe and Everything.
     
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  9. Jayson1

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    It's hard to be a Vulcan. Once in awhile I would sometimes try and have no emotions and be logical only to go back to having emotions and being illogical.


    Jason
     
  10. The Wormhole

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    How to determine whether something is or is not a military.
     
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  11. Marlonius

    Marlonius Lieutenant Red Shirt

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    I thought World War III took place in the 1990s.
     
  12. Tenacity

    Tenacity Rear Admiral Rear Admiral

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    From the show I initially thought (was taught) that Picard was this very intelligent, knowledgeable and well put together person, later I realized that he was clueless in certain areas, lived in a sort of "bubble," and had his share of flaws.

    Similar thoughts about Janeway initially (being a well put together person), but in time I came to perceive she displayed real psychological problems and this would explain various inconsistent decisions and personality swings.
     
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  13. Mojochi

    Mojochi Rear Admiral Rear Admiral

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    One is his name... The other is not :lol:

    I'll 2nd the sentience/sapience thing

    It's also kind of confused me as a young person about what is feminist/ women's liberation & what is sexist, i.e. if you're being directed to wear a miniskirt or catsuit, it's sexist. If however, a miniskirt or catsuit is taboo, & you're being told you can't show a woman's naval, wearing one is sexual liberation.
     
  14. Galileo7

    Galileo7 Commodore Commodore

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    That a NASA Voyager Probe 6 would be launched beyond the actual 1 and 2. ;)
     
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  15. Mysterion

    Mysterion Vice Admiral Admiral

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    Being Vulcan (or at least being a follower of Surak) is controlling one's emotions, not "not having any emotions".
     
  16. tomalak301

    tomalak301 Fleet Admiral Premium Member

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    I don’t know if it’s incorrect, but I don’t know the difference between Futile and Futle. Why did they stop saying Futile?
     
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  17. The Wormhole

    The Wormhole Fleet Admiral Admiral

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    It's just pronunciation. IIRC, Jeri Ryan stated she was instructed to pronounce futile "few-till" by Berman, citing Brent Spiner pronouncing it that way in First Contact as precedent. When she pointed out Patrick Steward always pronounced it "few-tile" Berman said that was because he was British. When she pointed out the Borg's Collective voice also pronounced it "few-tile" Berman claimed that the voice actor was actually saying "few-till" just the voice processing done in post production made it sound like "few-tile."
     
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  18. tomalak301

    tomalak301 Fleet Admiral Premium Member

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    Boy that’s some reaching if I’ve ever seen it. :guffaw:
     
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  19. thribs

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    No. The Eugenics War took place then, but I think it was a smaller scale war.
     
  20. Tim Thomason

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    World War III took place from 1992 to 2053. Longer than the Cold War.