The Well-Known Phrase That Turns Out To Be a Myth

One of the most quoted lines from Star Trek: The Original Series is “Beam me up, Scotty." It’s been used in merchandise, commercials and other media influenced by the show for decades. Ironically, this exact quote has never actually been said by Captain Kirk or any other character in any Star Trek episode or movie. “Scotty” refers to Lt. Commander Montgomery Scott, the Scottish chief engineer of the Enterprise. On occasion, Scotty has helped transport crew and guests on and off the Enterprise. Whenever one of the crew was looking to be brought back aboard the ship, they would call and ask to be “beamed up,” hence the “Beam me up” part of the quote. Variations of “Beam me up, Scotty” have been said throughout the Star Trek series, but never with that exact phrase. “Beam me up,” “beam me up, Mr. Scott,” and “Scotty, beam me up” have all been said at some point throughout the multiple episodes and films. However, the popularity of the phrase “Beam me up, Scotty” has no true origins in Star Trek.