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What's the difference between Trekkies and Trekkers?

maria.gillespie

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Report this Mar. 03 2012, 9:52 pm

there isn't really a difference, trekkers are just trekkies that think trekkie sounds to silly of childish.

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Report this Mar. 03 2012, 9:54 pm

Quote: stovokor2000-A @ Feb. 20 2012, 2:13 pm

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>Trekkers climb mountains, and trek through the woods. Trekkies are dorks like us.

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Report this Mar. 04 2012, 10:54 am

Quote: bennylbja @ Feb. 20 2012, 11:27 pm

Quote: padracin @ Feb. 20 2012, 6:59 pm

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>In the years after TOS when conventions were just starting to get big, Trekkies was the uncomplementary term that non-fans used, and Trekkers was what we called ourselves.  However I think that distinction has sort of faded with time..........

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The term Trekie was given to us by none other than Mr. Gene Roddenberry himself. It was not meant as an insult but as a term of endearment. If it was good enough for The Great Bird Of The Galaxy, then it's good enugh for me.

That's what I heard too.


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Report this Mar. 26 2012, 11:43 am

I would regard myself as a trekker, and not a trekkie. I'd say it's not easy to articulate the differences between them. Perhaps the biggest is that trekkies are more, or far more, fanatical about Star Trek than trekkers. Trekkies would also see Star Trek more at face value, and be more childish about it. Trekkers would e.g. see more of the deeper meanings of the episodes, like what are they portraying about human nature. (That's also sometimes called 'inner space'.)


Another point is that a 'trekker' need not be a Star Trek fan. It can be someone e.g. who hikes a lot, who migrates quite a bit, and such like. That's based on 'trek' meaning a long and arduous journey. That word is also from here where I am, in South Africa. That shows a South African link with Star Trek. So, over here a trekker can also mean as in being like, and perhaps descended from, those 'Voortrekker' pioneers of old. (But I haven't known of 'trekkie' to mean anything else.)


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Report this Mar. 26 2012, 11:53 am

I'm totally a Trekkie. It bothers me when people say it Trekker. It just doesn't sound right.


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Report this Mar. 26 2012, 2:17 pm

There is a poll on this board that asks if you've ever used a blow dryer like a phaser.


A Trekker would say,"No. Absolutely not. Never.", even if they had.


A Trekkie would say, "Oh hell yeah!"


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megan512

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Report this Mar. 26 2012, 4:00 pm

Honestly, I don't know. I prefer to call myself a trekkie, though. I think it sounds better than trekker.


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Report this Mar. 27 2012, 4:16 am

Quote: Beershark @ Mar. 26 2012, 2:17 pm

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>There is a poll on this board that asks if you've ever used a blow dryer like a phaser.

>A Trekker would say,"No. Absolutely not. Never.", even if they had.

>A Trekkie would say, "Oh hell yeah!"

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hahaha -- best answer I've read so far!


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Report this Mar. 27 2012, 10:01 am

Based on what I was previously saying: Can imagine someone who migrates quite a bit, and is a Star Trek fan, being a double Trekker. And, someone here in South Africa who is that, with a 'Voortrekker' ('Voor' is 'In front') mentality, as being a triple Trekker. 


The Trekkies and Trekkers would need to learn to get along in peace and harmony - without e.g. dogma towards the other.


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Report this Mar. 27 2012, 12:59 pm


I find it amusing how so many of you are trying to make a huge semantic distinction where none exists.



I’m not sure if anyone knows for certain who first coined the term “Trekkie”—perhaps it was Gene himself, or maybe it was a fan or someone in the media—but regardless, “Trekkie” eventually (as it has already been pointed out) became predominately a derogatory term, originally used, mostly by those in the media, to refer to “those strange, nerdy people who like that weird Star Trek show that we don’t understand.” As a result, many Star Trek fans were understandably offended, and came to see the term “Trekkie” as so derogatory that they adopted the term “Trekker” as the unofficial preferred name for Star Trek fans. However, over the past 25 years or so, most fans have long since forgotten about (and most newer fans never knew in the first place) why the original distinction was made, so that now the two terms have largely become synonymous. There’s simply no real, meaningful distinction between the two terms anymore, so it’s become purely a matter of personal preference which one you use. All these ridiculous claims that one term refers to “this” kind of fan while that one refers to another is just a bunch of made-up, utter nonsense.

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Report this Mar. 27 2012, 2:01 pm

Quote: SpockType @ Mar. 27 2012, 10:01 am

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>The Trekkies and Trekkers would need to learn to get along in peace and harmony - without e.g. dogma towards the other.

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Battles, and indeed declarations of peace, are only possible once you define, with certainty, why and even if there is a difference between one group and another. Your linguistic games are a half-decent way to define yourself, especially if that gives you confidence. But nobody so far has been able to come up with a definitive "difference" that works.


What some people call "Trekker", I call "Bushwalker". But in any case, I think the reason why it's so hard to define any kind of dividing point between Trekkie and Trekker is, quite simply, because there isn't one.


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Report this Mar. 27 2012, 4:43 pm

A Trekker is a Trekkie who doesn't want to be called a Trekkie. Or somebody who likes to go on hikes. Really, there's absolutely no difference. Or if there is it's completely negligable. The only difference that I can see is the spelling. And that doesn't make any difference to me. To quote Spock: "A difference which makes no difference is no difference." So there's no difference. Although I personally prefer Trekkie.

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Report this Mar. 28 2012, 10:20 am

I thought of something now. Maybe the other meanings of 'trekker' like synonymous with 'bushwalker' aren't used much in the USA. But, are in e.g. Britain, here in South Africa, some other places on the African continent, and Australia. 


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Report this Mar. 28 2012, 10:29 am

Trekkies are cool


 


 


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