Beam me up, Scotty!

So I’m walking with my kids in Aberdeen yesterday. Whilst waiting for the traffic light to turn green for us I look at the street name plate across the road. ‘Upperkirkgate,’ it read. Kirk is the Scottish word for church, with the ‘ch’ pronounced (and written) as a ‘k’. This is very close to the Dutch word ‘kerk,’ which also means church.

Being of Dutch origin I thought I’d test my kids on their roots. I point at the name plate and ask them “what does ‘kirk’ stand for?” Without a moment’s hesitation my son says: “Captain James T. Kirk.” I thought I’d pee my pants.

What do you mean with ‘my kids have been brainwashed by my choice of TV programs?’

2 thoughts on “Beam me up, Scotty!”

  1. I can SO relate to this — except in my family it’s classic Dr Who rather than Star Trek. I think I’ve got the only third-grader in the world who can argue the merits of Tom Baker vs. Peter Davison as the best doctor. 🙂

    By the way, my mom’s family name was Kirk. Interesting to know that it means “church”.

    1. I found it funny that my family and me were laughing out loud at the massacre scene of Kingsman. My kids are so used to gore in horror movies that we thought the scene was hilarious, whilst the rest of the audience in the theatre was in shock :). And I’d vote for Tom Baker, He’s my 100% Dr Who!

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