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Trekker

A Trekker, or more commonly Trekkie, is a self-described term for a die hard fan of the Star Trek science fiction television, movie and tie-in novel[?] franchise. Some Trekkers also regularly attend Star Trek conventions (called "cons").

The term "Trekkie" is sometimes considered derogatory, perhaps because of a perceived parallel to the term "groupie". Many Star Trek enthusiasts prefer the term "Trekker", while others hold the latter term to be insufferably snobby and self-identify as "Trekkies".

A 1997 documentary film, called Trekkies, chronicled some of these devoted fans.

There is a persistent stereotype that amongst Trekkers can be found speakers of the artificial Klingon language. The reality is less clear-cut, as some of its most fluent speakers are more language geeks than Star Trek freaks. Most Trekkers have only the basic vocabulary of Klingon, like a few common words heard over the series innumerable times, but not Klingon's syntax or precise phonetics.

Trekkers have been parodied in several films including Galaxy Quest.



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