How to Become a Trekker

Trekkies v. Trekkers is an argument that may never cease to exist. Both describe true fans of Star Trek. Even Leonard Nimoy (Mr. Spock) thinks “Trekker” is the right nickname.

Even if it takes light years before this argument is resolved, you can learn what makes a Trekkie or Trekker. By learning some simple steps, you’ll be ready to pass even the shrewdest judgment from a Starfleet Academy student.

Use the Vulcan hand signal

Trekkies must be fly if everyone, including US presidents and Victoria Secret models, are doing the Vulcan symbol. Known to be coveted by Trekkers, this is a solid 1st step when greeting other Trekkers. Remember, you have to add “live long and prosper.” It’s the universal peace sign.

Learn some Klingon language

You don’t have to know every word and syllable, but learning a few words can take you a long way. If someone disrespects you, tells them their mother has a smooth forehead, which in Klingon is “Hab SoSlI’ Quch.” This is a huge insult in the Klingon world.

Memorize the lyrics to “Star Trekkin'”

British rockers The Firm delivered this call to arms for all Trekkers in 1987. The chorus goes:

Star Trekkin’ across the universe,
On the Starship Enterprise under Captain Kirk.
Star Trekkin’ across the universe,
Only going forward, still can’t find reverse.

Dress the role

Pick wisely which character you identify with. Maybe you desire Spock’s ears? The gold

Command Patch

suit of Captain Kirk? Or maybe you want to really flaunt your Trekkie love and sew an insignia to your business suit. It’s your choice and you can find your favorite one online.

Go to SciFiCon!

That’s Science Fiction Convention. And since you have your outfit selected, this is your opportunity to mingle with other like-minded fans.

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