Where do you think the word "spock" came from?
I’m just curious. As far as I know and have been brought up on, it is used as a word to describe a smart person, perhaps a geek or a nerd or a naturally smart person who doesn’t hide the fact that they enjoy learning and go out of their way to learn things that aren’t necessarily required and they always get high marks etc.
Sometimes it is used negatively, in the same way that nerd and geek would be used negatively I suppose. Perhaps if a student was seen as to be sucking up to a teacher by their desire to learn another kid who might in fact be jealous says “You’re such a spock” in that condescending disapproving tone.
Anyway, I just watched the new Star Trek movie, never having been exposed to anything Star Trek before this, and was wondering if perhaps the term spock as used to describe a rather smart person, came from the rather smart character Spock in Star Trek.
What do you think? If not, do you know where it did come from?
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