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The phrase "Beam Me Up" is associated with the 1960s science fiction television series Star Trek. In the show, crew members of the U.S.S. Enterprise explore distant planets using teleportation. They rely on the ship's chief engineer Montgomery Scott, or Mr. Scotty, to "Beam them up." However, that exact phrase was never actually said on the show. Over the decades, the phrase has become associated by way of Pop-Cultural Osmosis. The phrase may have first appeared on a bumper sticker stating, "Beam me up, Scotty, there's no intelligent life on this planet." It has become everyday slang for "hit me up" or "text me," as well as a reference to escapism. In 2009, hip-hop artist Nicki Minaj's album was titled “Beam Me Up Scotty” and featured a song by the same name. In 2012, singer P!nk released the single "Beam Me Up" about loss.


Hanson, K. (2020, Mar 1,). How ‘Beam me up, Scotty’ evolved from technomagic to hip-hop. Medium.

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