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Tributes to Leonard Nimoy invoked Mr. Spock's Vulcan blessing ...


Lookups spiked on February 27, 2015.


Tributes and obituaries for Leonard Nimoy included the Vulcan blessing that his character Mr. Spock made famous on Star Trek: "Live long and prosper." Many people also read about the Jewish origin of Mr. Spock's distinctive V-shaped salute that accompanied the phrase.

It's a coincidence that the first definition of prosper uses a word that is also the name of Star Trek's famous spaceship: "to succeed in an enterprise or activity." It also means "to achieve economic success" or "to become strong and flourishing."

Prosper comes from the Latin word meaning "favorable."

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