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I Wasn’t “Fazed;” It Was Just a “Phase”


True “Star Trek” lovers know Capt. Kirk never said, “Beam me up, Scotty.” One thing he did say, several times I believe, was “Set Phasers to ‘Stun.’ ”

What he did not say was, “Set Fazers to ‘Stun,’ because that would be wrong, and can you imagine the mighty James T. Kirk misusing a word?

Actually, Kirk was misusing the word phase. Until Gene Roddenberry created “Star Trek,” phase meant (and still means) “an aspect or stage.” In the “Star Trek” universe, a phaser was short of “photon maser” and has since been redefined as “phased energy rectification.”

Hope my attempts at bursting the bubble of the mighty Kirk doesn’t faze anyone. The bold word means “to embarrass or disturb.”

Now beam me out of here before I write again.

Until next time! Use the right words!

leebarnathan.com

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June 14, 2012 - Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , , ,

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