In the various new series, it's become a thing for each captain to have his/her own signature command to engage. They even hang a lantern on it in the Season Two trailer for Strange New Worlds
when Spock takes the con (at 1:15): failed to embed; link at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HN-d7dHNDqo
It seemed to have become a fan-driven thing with Picard's dramatic delivery of "Engage!", similar to the "Picard Maneuver" (ie, upon standing after having been seated pulling down on your tunic to straighten it out).
Now in Star Trek: Strange New Worlds
they have CAPT Pike give the order of "Hit it!", whereas the original CAPT Pike (Jeffrey Hunter in the first pilot, The Cage
) gives the order as "Engage", the same as Picard would decades later (though in the original German*
the order he gives is "Beschleunigen!", "Accelerate."). Again, I assume that it was Patrick Stewart's dramatic flair or British accent (typical for a Frenchman) that made it stand out and then made it a "thing" with the fans.
I'm trying to remember what Kirk's command was and it keeps coming to me as "Engage." Though when timing of the order of execution was important, I recall him using "On my mark ... now!
What do others recall?
Watching Star Trek in the original German.
While I am actually doing that on Paramount+, it refers to an old joke that had gotten retread in the last TOS movie, Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country
in which Klingon General Chang keeps quoting Shakespeare to which Chancellor Gorkon remarks: "You have not experienced Shakespeare until you have read him in the original Klingon."
The source of that reference could be as old as two centuries, though that movie's Wikipedia page refers to a Nazi propaganda campaign to claim Shakespeare as German
as their source (now that I know about it, I tend to concur). Still, Shakespeare had been translated into German starting in the 18th Century and has long been popular in German-speaking lands. A common truism is that at any given time there are more productions of Shakespeare being performed in German than in English.