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Sun Apr 26, 2015 11:34 am by Cass
The Banshee is making port on Persephone.

What does this mean?

Well, if you watch close, you may see a thread appear where she's taking on passengers. If you poke around a bit, you may even find that she's open for work too. Don't just hang around the ship for kicks, though, or the Captain might start to get suspicious as to why you're there.

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PostSubject: Cussin' and Frontier Slang   Tue May 29, 2012 5:03 pm

The usual cuss words made the jump from Earth-That-Was. For all intents and purposes those are limited here to

Damn- "Damn, we're in a tight spot."
Hell- "What the hell do you think you're doing?"
Shit - "Oh, shit! That was our primary buffer panel."
Bitch - "Son of a bitch..."
Bastard - "You're a special kind of bastard."

A few additional cuss words have been added to the common man's vocabulary.

Gorram- "Run! It's the gorram law!"
Ruttin'- "Do you know what the chain of command is? It's the chain I go and get to beat you with until you understand who's in ruttin' command here."
Humped - "They just ran a scan, Cap'n. We're humped!"

Frontier Slang
Some pointers on elements of speech as you get further from the core.

Truncate the 'g' in 'ing' words - "Schoolin'"
Pepper with slang adjectives
Double negatives- "Now, we don't want no trouble."
Using odd words and word forms in sentences.- "Don't know what ain't told to 'em by the Feds."
Use 'don't' instead of 'doesn't' - "It don't mean a damn thing."
Ain't - "Ain't got nothin' to do."
prefixing on '-ing' - "a-runnin'" "a-changin'"
No '-ly' on adverbs- "This should all work real simple like." "That job's awful hard."
Subject and verb don't match - "We was goin' there." "He got none of that."
Malformed verbs- "She done gone and did it again."
phonetic misspellings - "She done gone and r-u-n-n-o-f-t."

Words generally considered old-timey:

Druther - 'would rather' "Druther not, if it's all the same to you."
If'n - 'if' "If'n I had my druthers."
Yonder - a measure of space in a general direction "It's buried over yonder."
Dang - damn "Dang! That was close!" often used in conjunction with the phrase 'hot diggity' "Hot diggity dang! And here I thought we was on a streak of bum luck."
Plumb- very, simply, etc. "Well that's just plumb ign'rant."
Right smart - intelligent, to look nice. "That's right smart of you." "You look right smart in that fancy suit."

Other terms common to the Border and Rim:

All-fired - completely. "Where'd she go gettin' all-fired jealous 'bout this?"
Awful - "Gettin' awful crowded in my sky."
Dreadful - "We need to replace these parts somethin' dreadful."
Mighty- "This is gettin' mighty irritatin'"
Powerful- "I got a powerful need to eat sometime this month."
Bang-up - great. "You did a bang-up job in there."
Bughouse - mental hospital "Ruttin' nutters belong in a gorram bughouse."
Git - go away. "You'd best be leavin'. Go on, git!"
Ornery - stubborn, not passive. "I'm feeling a might ornery."
Peck - a large amount. "We run into a peck of trouble."
Preacher - anyone religious. "Just keep walkin' preacher-man."
Shindig - fancy party. "This is a mighty fine shindig."
Shiny - good or valuable. "Bright and shiny, Cap'n. Not to worry."
Size someone up - judge how tough they are or what their intentions might be. Just how good is he in a fight, she thought as she sized up the mercenary sitting before her.
Tetchy - sensitive or complaining. "She's a might bit techy on the subject of family. Best not to bring it up."
Run afoul - to get into trouble with. "We have no intentions to run afoul of the law."
Atmo- atmosphere. "We're breaking atmo in ten."
The black - space "Gets awful lonely in the black."
Clean your housing - to give a thorough beating (as in a spaceship's engine housing.) "He gives you any trouble, clean his housing."
Feds, federals, the law - Members of the Alliance, its military, law enforcement, or functionaries.
Go to blackout, going dark - shut down power on the ship to avoid detection. "Kaylee, go to blackout." "Goin' dark."
On the drift - in space without fuel, unable to travel. "I don't like it when she's quiet. Last time she didn't talk to us, we went on the drift."
Reavers - madmen who live on the edge of space, fly dangerous ships, and prey on other space vessels.
The Rim - frontier planets, not the core.
The 'Verse - inhabited space or the universe. "I don't believe there's a power in the 'Verse can stop Kaylee from being cheerful."
Being buzzed - sensors from another ship are actively sweeping you. "Cap'n, we're being buzzed. We're humped!"
Doxy - prostitute. "I won't be anyone's doxy."
Drops - illegal, addictive, narcotic drugs
Second story job - Breaking and entering robbery
Scratch - valuables
The goods - loot.
Went south - problems appeared, the plan fell apart. "The whole ruttin' deal went south."
Tonic - amateur or illegal alcoholic drink
Bushwhack - ambush "We got bushwhacked bringing the goods back."
Footpad - pickpocket thief in a town. "We need to connect with the local footpad. He'll know the best fence in these parts."
Hornswoggle - to trick someone. "We hornswoggled him right out of his hard-earned cash."
On the dodge - wanted by the police. "We can't go to the Core! We're on the dodge."
On the lam - walking the straight and narrow. "Sorry, we can't help you. We're on the lam now"
Advocate - a lawyer "We're gonna need an advocate to get out of this one."
Cortex - wide-spread information network. "New bulletin just came out on the Cortex."
Genseed - genetically engineered crop seed used on freshly terraformed worlds
Skyplex - orbital city or space station
Wave - a communication: text, audio, video, or holographic "Got a wave from the Captain. Want me to bounce it down to you?"
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