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  •  "Future Slang" (7+ / 0-)

    From TV Tropes:

    Slang has changed over time, and undoubtedly will change more in the future. Therefore, in the interests of verisimilitude or just to sound interesting, writers who write stories set in The Future will include their idea of Future Slang as an attempt to (mildly) avert Eternal English.

    It can range from interesting to the ridiculous. For example, how will humans say "Fuck" in the future (or maybe even a science-fictiony past)?
    • Frak: "Battlestar Galactica" (technically, and this is a bit of a spoiler if you haven't seen the show yet, this is actually the origin of the word "fuck" according to "BSG")
    • Frell: "Farscape"
    • Zark: The Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy
    • Stroke Off (in place of "Fuck Off"): "Babylon 5"

    Some other examples of "Future Slang":
    • I believe the terms "hacker" and "Cyberspace" come from William Gibson's Neuromancer.
    • 'Blade Runner' has "Cityspeak," which is a mishmash of Japanese, Spanish, German, Hungarian, Mandarin, etc.
    • Anthony Burgess was a linguist as well as a writer, so he created "Nadsat" for A Clockwork Orange. It's a different register of English that's mixed with Russian.
    • From 'Back to the Future Part II': "Hilldale, nothing but a breeding ground for tranks, lobos and zipheads."
    • "Firefly" has the characters mixing English with Mandarin (since it's implied the "Alliance" is the successor government to a merging of the United States & the People's Republic of China), with the Mandarin being used in place of English curse words.
    •  There's a diary in there... (5+ / 0-)
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      Rimjob, badger, mama jo, FarWestGirl, millwood

      You should do it!

      You can twist perceptions... reality won't budge

      by Purple Priestess on Sun Mar 20, 2011 at 06:02:20 PM PDT

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    •  Hack is the MIT word for a practical joke. (2+ / 0-)
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      millwood, Purple Priestess

      It was already an old term when I went there in the early '80s.  It often entailed finding unusual objects and placing them atop the Great Dome.

      Here's a gallery of notable hacks.  From the FAQs:

      Aren't hackers the people that break into computer networks?
          Maybe to the rest of the world.
          Many of us at MIT call those who break into (crack) computer systems "crackers." At MIT, a "hacker" is someone who does some sort of interesting and creative work at a high intensity level. This applies to anything from writing computer programs to pulling a clever prank that amuses and delights everyone on campus.

      Never meddle in the affairs of cats, for they are subtle and will piss on your computer.--Bruce Graham

      by Ice Blue on Mon Mar 21, 2011 at 07:19:27 AM PDT

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