January 19, 2009
Vulcan Naming Dominates Small Town Market
The town of Vulcan in Calgary is appealing for the order to beam up the new Star Trek movie premier.
The town has already gone to some lengths to cash in on its trekkie friendly naming - one of the main characters in the Star Trek series is Spock, a Vulcan from the fictional planet Vulcan. Vulcan, Calgary currently has a Vulcan convention, its own Star Ship and a city welcoming plaque written in English, Vulcan, and Klingon.
What is really intriguing is that the word Vulcan originated right here on earth.
In Roman mythology, Vulcanus (or Volcanus) was the god of fire and metal working. Vulcanus was later applied to the erupting Mt. Etna by the Romans who believed it to be the fiery forge of this blacksmith god.
The name Vulcan is an abbreviation of Vulcanus and our English word, volcano, shares the same Roman roots.
Vulcan is clearly a word that can carry a great deal of meaning for trekkies and non-trekkies alike and it is always fascinating to see how a word can evolve over time into new meanings and marketing ideas.
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