Term used affectionately by Captain James T. Kirk (William Shatner) when addressing his starship’s senior surgeon, Doctor Leonard McCoy (DeForest Kelley) on the sci-fi series STAR TREK/NBC/1966-69.


The nickname was short for “sawbones,” a traditional title for a doctor who up to the 19th century was noted for “sawing” off limbs.

Note: BONES was also the name of a TV drama on the Fox network that ran from 2005-2017. It starred Emily Deschanel as Temperance “Bones” Brennan, a headstrong forensic anthropologist at the Jeffersonian Institute Medico-Legal Lab in Washington, DC who collaborates with the FBI during criminal investigations.


Brennan’s nickname is “Bones” (which she hates) because she is an expert with skeletal remains. See also“Squints”


Born in Philadelphia, Jerome Alphonse Holst worked 30 years as a librarian. He has since retired and lives in Greensboro, North Carolina. Mr. Holst is also the author of the children’s books “Norman the Troll,” "Norman the Troll and the Haunted House," and "Gretchen and the Gremlins." In addition, he penned the fantasy novel “The Adventures of Glinda Gale,” a retelling of “The Wizard of Oz" and the reference text “The Encyclopedia of Movie and TV Insults.” .

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