c: geordi la forge

I don’t know if you remember, but 2 years ago I made a complete searchable corpus of every line ever uttered by Data on Star Trek: The Next Generation.

This corpus, or database of words if you will, was constructed to allow research on Data’s use of modal markers, but it also enabled me to show stuff like this.

Well, I just remembered about it today and thought I’d do some more digging into Data’s speech patterns. This time, I wanted to know how many times he addresses the senior crew of the Enterprise by first name only.

So I started searching, excluding Worf since he basically only has one name, and eliminating instances where Data isn’t himself, like when he’s possessed.

And what I found was astounding.

Data never calls any fellow senior crew member by first name only. He always includes rank, title, and/or last name when he says one of their first names.

With the glaring exception of one person


And it doesn’t even end there.

It’s not like Data addresses Geordi by first name only like a handful of times.

We’re talking 112 times.

I repeat: Data never not even once calls Picard, Riker, Crusher, or Troi by first name only. But he does call Geordi simply “Geordi", and he does it 112 times.