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==Rim world speech==
 
==Rim world speech==
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*Truncate the "g" for "ing" words in spelling (final velar nasals become alveolar in speech) ("schoolin'")
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*Pepper with slang adjectives.
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*Double negatives. ("It don't mean nothin' out here.")
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*Using odd words and word forms in phrases.
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*Use "don't" instead of "doesn't."
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*Ain't.
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*Odd Words: druther, yonder, dang, plumb, right smart.
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*Prefixing "a" on gerunds ("a-runnin'").
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*No ''-ly'' on adverbs from adjectives. ("She described the plan real simple. That job's awful hard to do.")
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*Irregular verbs default to third person singular. ("We was goin' there. He got none of that.")
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*Malformed verbs. ("He growed up real good. He come by here last night. I seen it with my own eyes. He done run off again.")
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*Use mean sounding Chinese phrases.  (Ching-wah TSOU duh liou mahng.)
   
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==Examples==
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*"Looks like we got us some imminent violence."
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*"We got no short of ugly ridin' in on us."
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*"I'm just feeling kind of truthsome right now."
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*"We're in some peril here."
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*"We just need a small crew, them as feel the need to be free."
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*"This here's a recipe for unpleasantness."
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*"I'm shocked my own self."
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*"We'll be there directly."
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*"But she does have an oddness to her."
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*"So I trucked out to the border, learned to say "ain't" and came to find work."
   
* Truncate the "g" for "ing" words in spelling (final velar nasals become alveolar in speech) ("schoolin'")
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==Frontier life==
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*A-grade: Top notch; quality
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*Aim: To want, try, or intend to do something.
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*All-fired: truncated version of "all fired up" meaning very emotional or excited. ("Where'd she go gettin' all-fired jealous 'bout this?")
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*Awful, Dreadful, Mighty, Plumb, Powerful: Adverbs for emphasis. ("Gettin' awful crowded in my sky.")
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*Back-berth: Stupid, naive, inexperienced, unimportant or "slow". Derived from the nautical term for a ship's position in a harbor. As a naval metaphor, a "back berth" would be the last ship out of port, i.e. one trailing at the rear of a fleet, therefore meaning slowest and/or of least importance.
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*Bang-up: Great. ("They did a bang-up job.")
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*Brainpan: Refers to the skull which encases the brain. Another way of saying 'head'.
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*Bughouse: Mental hospital.
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*Chinese Checkers: A game still played in the 'verse. Placed on booths and tables in bars and some such.
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*Corpsified: Dead. Now resembling a corpse.
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*Docket: Schedule, calender, itinerary. Example: ''Wash (ep 1): “Nah, she [Inara] had a pretty full docket.”''
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*Fancible: Fancy/fanciful
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*Fancy Rock: Another way of saying a well-to-do planet run entirely by the Alliance.
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*Fei-oo: s**t, po, junk, trash, garbage, dirt
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*Foodstuffs: Food
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*Foxhole: A makeshift shelter in a war zone.
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*Fuzzie-wuzzies: Folk who are easily swayed and comforted.
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*Git: Go away.
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*Gorram: A version of "God damn."
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*High ground: A spot not underneath foxholes in battle. Instead, literally on the war front.
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*Latrine: Fancy word for toilet.
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*“Let's hoof it”: Let's get going.
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*“Let's moon 'em”: Slang for Serenity's rear engine flaring up for a getaway.
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*Local color: Locals and their ideology. Ex: Mal: “Wash, we got some local color happening down here; a grand entrance would not go amiss.”
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*Mite: A bit/amount. Could be used to mean a small amount, or an intential under-exaggeration of a large amount.
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*Moonbrained: Crazy, or unintelligent, used to describe a person or idea.
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*Neg: Negative
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*Ornery: Stubborn, not passive.
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*Peck: A large amount.
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*Preacher: Anyone religious.
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*Pinched: To be held up or in a sticky situation; Plan went south; To be in a bind.
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*Pretty: An adjective that has been adapted to also use as a noun. Kaylee uses it a lot. “Every piece of pretty is tagged for the scanners.”
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*Prod: A crony for someone of the expensive/diplomatic variety.
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*Purple-belly: A derogatory term used to refer to a member of the Alliance.
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*Rabbiting: Hightailing; running; fleeing.
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*Religiosity: Religion
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*Ruttin'/Rutting: f***ing
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*Run afoul: To get into trouble with.
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*Shindig: A party, usually with dancing.
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*Shiny: Good or valuable; "cool."
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*Size someone up: Judge how tough they are or what their intentions might be.
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*Sly: Frontier Slang for men who prefer other men sexually.
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*Sully: To taint
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*Suss (out): To figure out; determine
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*Tetchy: Sensitive or complaining.
   
* Pepper with slang adjectives.
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==Spacefaring==
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*Atmo: Atmosphere, as in to "leave atmo."
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*Being buzzed: Sensors from another ship are actively sweeping you.
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*Blowback: A vacuum effect created in the barrel of a firearm when it is discharged. Works in the same case for a ship going on full burn breaking atmo.
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*Clean your housing: To give a thorough beating (as in a spaceship's engine housing).
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*[[Crazy Ivan]]: Originally a submariner stunt/maneuver that was used to pull an pursuing vessel into attack range, usually used by the Soviet Navy. In this case it can be pulled on a ship with two side propelling engines in order to create a spinning motion. The engines are flipped so as to orient them in opposing directions long enough to pull a 180 degree turn. Once hydraulics are cut, it takes the lowering of a lever and the push of a button in the engine room, and it's good for going.
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*Dead in the Water: Floating, drifting; not going anywhere.
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*ETA: Estimated Time of Arrival. Pilot lingo.
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*Feds, Federals: Members of the Alliance, its military, law enforcement, or functionaries.
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*Fire it up: Start the ship.
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*Get this bird in the air: Launch the ship for take-off.
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*Go to blackout: Shut down power on the ship to avoid detection.
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*Go for hard burn/full burn: Burn through fuel cells; or fly fast.; use all engine power.
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*Green for: Referring to the light on a console that signals all systems are standing by for whatever purpose the light correlates to. (landing, docking, taking off, etc.)
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*On the drift: In space without fuel unable to travel.
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*Reavers: Madmen who live on the edges of civilized space, flying dangerous ships and preying on other space vessels.
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*Scow: A ship modeled after a large, flat-bottomed boat with squared ends. Used to haul bulky cargo (soil, sand, ore, etc). Can be retro-fitted to serve as transport vessels. They can hold between 15-20 families. Travelers pick them up cheap at government auctions. A few modifications and they serve well enough for a one-way push to the outer planets.
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*Skiff: A small ship (like a rowboat equivalent, but sky/space oriented) used in war.
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*Take the helm: Man the bridge. An old phrase that has transcended from the sailing days of Earth-that-was into the 2500s.
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*The Black: Space.
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*The Rim: Frontier planets, not the core.
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*The 'Verse: Inhabited space or the universe.
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*Trans-U: A commercial vessel. Old model; hardly ever in use anymore. One too many of them got hit by Reavers, likely.
   
* Double negatives. ("It don't mean nothin' out here.")
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==Underworld==
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*Doxy: Sex worker.
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*Drops: Illegal, addictive, narcotic drugs.
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*Second story job: Breaking and entering robbery.
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*Scratch: Valuables.
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*The goods: Loot.
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*Went south: Problems appeared, the plan fell apart.
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*Tonic: Amateur or illegal alcoholic drink.
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*Bushwhack: Ambush.
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*Footpad: Pickpocket thief in a town.
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*Hornswoggle: To trick someone.
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*On the dodge: Wanted by the police.
   
* Using odd words and word forms in phrases.
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==Technical==
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*Advocate: A lawyer.
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*Cortex: Widespread information network.
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*Genseed: Genetically engineered crop seeds used on freshly terraformed worlds.
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*Skyplex: Orbital city or space station.
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*Wave: A communication: text, audio, video, or holographic.
   
* Use "don't" instead of "doesn't."
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==Medical==
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*3D Neuro-imager: A three dimensional provision of a brain scan. Simon uses one in the diagnostic ward at St. Lucy's hospital on Ariel.
* Ain't.
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*BP: Abbreviation for blood pressure.
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*Byphodine: A med that slows the metabolic state so you can appear to be dead. Used in 'Ariel' and 'The Message'. Usually induces a vomiting side effect once it wears off.
* Odd Words: druther, yonder, dang, plumb, right smart.
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*Cardiac Infusers: Used to infuse whatever is needed in the heart to keep it working
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*Cortical Electrodes: By parsing the definition: a cortical is the outer layer of an internal organ or body structure. And an electrode is an electrical conductor meant to make contact with a nonmetallic circuit. Safe to assume that the said 'circuit' in this case would relate in a medical sense to the cortical.
* Prefixing "a" on gerunds ("a-runnin'").
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* Defibrillator: Gets electromagnetic currents to the heart in order to get it pumping again.
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*Dermal mender: A medical tool that mends severed skin—Simon got to use it for Mal's ear in the episode 'War Stories', thanks to the Councilor (a female client of Inara's) generously loaning the equipment for them to use.
* No ''-ly'' on adverbs from adjectives. ("She described the plan real simple. That job's awful hard to do.")
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*DOA: Abbreviation for Dead on Arrival
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*Extractor: An instrument used to pull out things like bullet shards
* Irregular verbs default to third person singular. ("We was goin' there. He got none of that.")
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*Good Night Kiss: A narcotic compound, usually applied on the lips. Convenient for the low-and-dirty seducers who try and earn a swindle into their gig. Or for something of a more sinister nature, like Saffron in 'Our Mrs. Reynolds'.
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*Gurney: A transportable hospital bed/stretcher on wheels.
* Malformed verbs. ("He growed up real good. He come by here last night. I seen it with my own eyes. He done run off again.")
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*Hydrozepam: A medical supply worth about 200 credits.
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*Hypodermic needles, Hypo: Used to penetrate skin and allow liquids to either be injected or extracted. They serve a particularly good use in providing liquid meds that cannot be ingested (either because they're physically incapable, or the meds would be useless through a digestive tract).
====A few examples...====
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*Hypo-gun: Used to hold vials of meds that are injected by the gun.
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*Isoprovaline: An immune booster. A common medication, provided in Simon's med kit. Street value for a vial: Fifty platinum.
* "Looks like we got us some imminent violence."
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*Medical monitor: Used to monitor vitals in patients hooked up to it.
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*Medvault: Where meds are located and stored in a hospital environment.
* "We got no short of ugly ridin' in on us."
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*Propoxine: A medical supply that costs about 80 credits.
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*Pulmonary Stimulators: A method to stimulate major arteries. Usually a good idea if patients are cyanotic and unresponsive when attempting to resuscitate them.
* "I'm just feeling kind of truthsome right now."
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*“Pulse is thready”: Medical lingo. Thready refers to the strength of a patients pulse and not the rate, although they can often correlate. Thready means weak. The opposite of bounding or strong. Pulse rate is usually given in rate and rhythm. Bradycardic (Brady) and thready is slower than 60bpm (beats per minute) and weak while tachycardic (tachy) and bounding is faster than 100bpm and strong.
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*Standard Companion immunization package: Equipment provided for Inara from the guild, who graciously donates it to Simon in the first episode. Which materials are included in the package are unknown.
* "We're in some peril here."
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*Syringe Gun: Inara keeps one such device in her chamber. It is fancier than the hypo-gun, with a an unmarked vial containing black liquid.
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*Vials: Used to store liquid meds such as smoothers (used to 'dope' patients)
* "We just need a small crew, them as feel the need to be free."
 
 
* "This here's a recipe for unpleasantness."
 
 
* "I'm shocked my own self."
 
 
* "We'll be there directly."
 
 
* "But she does have an oddness to her."
 
 
* "So I trucked out to the border, learned to say "ain't" and came to find work."
 
 
==Slang==
 
 
===Frontier life===
 
<p style="margin-bottom: 0in; font-style: normal; line-height: 150%;">'''A-grade<span style="background: none repeat scroll 0% 0% transparent;"> </span><span style="font-weight: normal;"><span style="background: none repeat scroll 0% 0% transparent;"> </span></span>'''</p>
 
 
<p style="margin-bottom: 0in; font-style: normal; line-height: 150%; margin-left: 40px;"><span style="font-weight: normal;"><span style="background: none repeat scroll 0% 0% transparent;">Top notch; quality </span></span></p>
 
'''Aim'''
 
 
: To want, try, or intend to do something.
 
; All-fired
 
: Completely. ("Where'd she go gettin' all-fired jealous 'bout this?")
 
 
; Awful, Dreadful, Mighty, Plumb, Powerful
 
: Adjectives for emphasis. ("Gettin' awful crowded in my sky.")
 
<p style="margin-bottom: 0in; font-style: normal; line-height: 150%">'''<span style="background: transparent">Back-berth</span>'''</p>
 
 
<p style="margin-bottom: 0in; font-style: normal; line-height: 150%; margin-left: 40px;"><span style="font-weight: normal;"><span style="background: none repeat scroll 0% 0% transparent;">Stupid, naive, inexperienced, unimportant or "slow". Derived from the nautical term for a ship's position in a harbor. As a naval metaphor, a "back berth" would be the last ship out of port, i.e. one trailing at the rear of a fleet, therefore meaning slowest and/or of least importance.</span></span></p>
 
 
; Bang-up
 
: Great. ("They did a bang-up job.")
 
<p style="margin-bottom: 0in; font-style: normal; line-height: 150%">'''<span style="background: transparent">Brainpan </span>'''</p>
 
 
<p style="margin-bottom: 0in; font-style: normal; line-height: 150%; margin-left: 40px;"><span style="font-weight: normal"><span style="background: transparent">Refers to the skull which encases the brain. Another way of saying 'head'.</span></span></p>
 
 
 
; Bughouse
 
: Mental hospital.
 
<p style="margin-bottom: 0in; line-height: 150%">'''<span style="background: transparent"><span style="font-style: normal">Chinese Checkers </span></span>'''</p>
 
 
<p style="margin-bottom: 0in; line-height: 150%; margin-left: 40px;"><span style="background: none repeat scroll 0% 0% transparent;"><span style="font-style: normal;">A </span></span><span style="font-style: normal"><span style="font-weight: normal"><span style="background: transparent">game still played in the 'verse. Placed on booths and tables in bars and some such.</span></span></span></p>
 
 
<p style="margin-bottom: 0in; font-style: normal; line-height: 150%">'''<span style="background: transparent">Corpsified </span>'''</p>
 
 
<p style="margin-bottom: 0in; font-style: normal; line-height: 150%; margin-left: 40px;"><span style="font-weight: normal"><span style="background: transparent">Dead. Now resembling a corpse.</span></span></p>
 
 
<p style="margin-bottom: 0in; line-height: 150%">'''<span style="background: transparent"><span style="font-style: normal">Docket </span></span>'''</p>
 
 
<p style="margin-bottom: 0in; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 150%; margin-left: 40px;"><span style="font-style: normal"><span style="font-weight: normal"><span style="background: transparent">Schedule, calender, itinerary. </span></span></span><span style="background: transparent">Example: ''Wash (ep 1): “Nah, she [Inara] had a pretty full docket.”''</span></p>
 
 
<p style="font-style: normal; line-height: 150%;">'''<span style="background: none repeat scroll 0% 0% transparent;">Fancible </span>'''</p>
 
 
<p style="font-style: normal; line-height: 150%; margin-left: 40px;"><span style="font-weight: normal;"><span style="background: none repeat scroll 0% 0% transparent;">Fancy/fanciful </span></span></p>
 
 
<p style="margin-bottom: 0in; font-style: normal; line-height: 150%">'''<span style="background: transparent">Fancy Rock'' ''</span>'''</p>
 
 
<p style="margin-bottom: 0in; font-style: normal; line-height: 150%; margin-left: 40px;"><span style="font-weight: normal;"><span style="background: none repeat scroll 0% 0% transparent;">Another way of saying a well-to-do planet run entirely by the Alliance.</span></span></p>
 
 
<p style="margin-bottom: 0in; font-style: normal; line-height: 150%">'''<span style="background: transparent">Foodstuffs </span>'''<span style="font-weight: normal"><span style="background: transparent"> </span></span></p>
 
 
<p style="margin-bottom: 0in; font-style: normal; line-height: 150%; margin-left: 40px;"><span style="font-weight: normal;"><span style="background: none repeat scroll 0% 0% transparent;">Food </span></span></p>
 
 
<p style="margin-bottom: 0in; line-height: 150%">'''<span style="background: transparent">Foxhole </span>'''</p>
 
 
<p style="margin-bottom: 0in; line-height: 150%; margin-left: 40px;"><span style="font-style: normal"><span style="font-weight: normal"><span style="background: transparent">A makeshift shelter in a war zone.</span></span></span></p>
 
 
<p style="margin-bottom: 0in; font-style: normal; line-height: 150%">'''<span style="background: transparent">Fuzzie-wuzzies </span>'''</p>
 
 
<p style="margin-bottom: 0in; font-style: normal; line-height: 150%; margin-left: 40px;"><span style="font-weight: normal"><span style="background: transparent">Folk who are easily swayed and comforted.</span></span></p>
 
 
; Git
 
: Go away.
 
<p style="margin-bottom: 0in; line-height: 150%">'''Gorram'''</p>
 
 
<p style="margin-bottom: 0in; line-height: 150%">A version of "God damn."</p>
 
<p style="margin-bottom: 0in; line-height: 150%">'''<span style="background: transparent"><span style="font-style: normal">High ground </span></span>'''</p>
 
 
<p style="margin-bottom: 0in; line-height: 150%; margin-left: 40px;"><span style="font-style: normal;"><span style="font-weight: normal;"><span style="background: none repeat scroll 0% 0% transparent;">A spot not underneath foxholes in battle. Instead, literally on the war front.</span></span></span></p>
 
 
; Latrine
 
: Fancy word for toilet.
 
<p style="margin-bottom: 0in; line-height: 150%"><span style="background: transparent"><span style="text-decoration: none">“'''<span style="font-style: normal">Let's hoof it”</span>'''</span></span></p>
 
 
<p style="margin-bottom: 0in; line-height: 150%; margin-left: 40px;"><span style="background: none repeat scroll 0% 0% transparent;"><span style="font-style: normal"><span style="text-decoration: none"><span style="font-weight: normal">Let's get going.</span></span></span></span></p>
 
 
<p style="margin-bottom: 0in; line-height: 150%"><span style="background: transparent"><span style="text-decoration: none">“'''<span style="font-style: normal">Let's moon 'em” </span>'''</span></span></p>
 
 
<p style="margin-bottom: 0in; line-height: 150%; margin-left: 40px;"><span style="background: none repeat scroll 0% 0% transparent;"><span style="font-style: normal"><span style="text-decoration: none"><span style="font-weight: normal">Slang for Serenity's rear engine flaring up for a getaway.</span></span></span></span></p>
 
 
<p style="margin-bottom: 0in; line-height: 150%">'''<span style="background: transparent"><span style="font-style: normal"><span style="text-decoration: none">Local color </span></span></span>'''</p>
 
 
<p style="margin-bottom: 0in; line-height: 150%; margin-left: 40px;"><span style="font-style: normal"><span style="text-decoration: none"><span style="font-weight: normal"><span style="background: transparent">Locals and their ideology. </span></span></span></span><span style="background: transparent">''<span style="text-decoration: none"><span style="font-weight: normal">Ex: Mal: “Wash, we got some local color happening down here; a grand entrance would not go amiss.”</span></span>''</span></p>
 
'''Mite'''
 
 
: A bit/amount. Could be used to mean a small amount, or an intential under-exaggeration of a large amount.
 
 
: '''Moonbrained'''
 
::: Crazy, or unintelligent, used to describe a person or idea.
 
; '''<span style="background: transparent"><span style="font-style: normal"><span style="text-decoration: none">Neg</span></span></span>'''
 
 
<p style="margin-bottom: 0in; line-height: 150%; margin-left: 40px;"><span style="font-style: normal"><span style="font-weight: normal"><span style="background: transparent">Negative</span></span></span></p>
 
 
; Ornery
 
: Stubborn, not passive.
 
 
; Peck
 
: A large amount.
 
 
; Preacher
 
: Anyone religious.
 
; Pinched
 
: To be held up or in a sticky situation; Plan went south; To be in a bind.
 
<p style="margin-bottom: 0in; line-height: 150%">'''<span style="background: transparent"><span style="font-style: normal">Pretty </span></span>'''</p>
 
 
<p style="margin-bottom: 0in; line-height: 150%; margin-left: 40px;"><span style="font-style: normal;"><span style="font-weight: normal;"><span style="background: none repeat scroll 0% 0% transparent;">An adjective that has been adapted to also use as a noun. Kaylee uses it a lot.</span></span></span><span style="background: transparent">''<span style="font-weight: normal"> “Look at all the pretties!”; “Every piece of pretty is tagged for the scanners.”</span>''</span></p>
 
 
<p style="margin-bottom: 0in; font-style: normal; line-height: 150%">'''<span style="background: transparent">Prod</span>'''</p>
 
 
<p style="margin-bottom: 0in; font-style: normal; line-height: 150%; margin-left: 40px;"><span style="font-weight: normal"><span style="background: transparent">A crony for someone of the expensive/diplomatic variety.</span></span></p>
 
 
; Purple-belly
 
: A derogatory term used to refer to a member of the Alliance.
 
<p style="margin-bottom: 0in; line-height: 150%">'''<span style="background: transparent"><span style="font-style: normal">Rabbiting</span></span>'''</p>
 
 
<p style="margin-bottom: 0in; line-height: 150%; margin-left: 40px;"><span style="font-style: normal;"><span style="font-weight: normal;"><span style="background: none repeat scroll 0% 0% transparent;">Hightailing; running; fleeing.</span></span></span></p>
 
 
; Religiosity
 
: Religion
 
; Ruttin'/Rutting
 
: f***ing
 
; Run afoul
 
: To get into trouble with.
 
 
; Shindig
 
: A party, usually with dancing.
 
 
; Shiny
 
: Good or valuable; "cool."
 
 
; Size someone up
 
: Judge how tough they are or what their intentions might be.
 
'''Sly'''
 
:Frontier Slang for men who prefer other men sexually.
 
; Sully
 
: To taint
 
; Suss (out)
 
: To figure out; determine
 
; Tetchy
 
: Sensitive or complaining.
 
 
===Spacefaring===
 
 
;
 
<p style="margin-bottom: 0in; line-height: 150%">'''<span style="background: transparent"><span style="font-style: normal">[[Tohoku-class cruiser]] </span></span>'''</p>
 
 
<p style="margin-bottom: 0in; line-height: 150%; margin-left: 40px;"><span style="background: none repeat scroll 0% 0% transparent;"><span style="font-style: normal;">L</span></span><span style="font-style: normal"><span style="font-weight: normal"><span style="background: transparent">ike a police patrol cruiser. But for the space faring Alliance. (</span></span></span><span style="background: transparent">''<span style="font-weight: normal">IAV</span>''<span style="font-style: normal"><span style="font-weight: normal"> = </span></span>''<span style="font-weight: normal">Interplanetary</span>''<span style="font-style: normal"><span style="font-weight: normal"> </span></span>''<span style="font-weight: normal">Alliance</span>''<span style="font-style: normal"><span style="font-weight: normal"> </span></span>''<span style="font-weight: normal">Vessel</span>''<span style="font-style: normal"><span style="font-weight: normal">. ex</span></span>''<span style="font-weight: normal">: IAV Dartmunder</span>''<span style="font-style: normal"><span style="font-weight: normal">)</span></span></span></p>
 
 
<p style="margin-bottom: 0in; line-height: 150%">'''<span style="background: transparent"><span style="font-style: normal">ALLIANCE SHORT RANGE ENFORCEMENT VESSEL</span></span>'''</p>
 
 
<p style="margin-bottom: 0in; line-height: 150%; margin-left: 40px;"><span style="font-style: normal"><span style="font-weight: normal"><span style="background: transparent">Exactly what it sounds like. One of the vessels is manned by Agent Womack and his cronies are Fendis and Skunk.</span></span></span></p>
 
 
 
; Atmo
 
: Atmosphere, as in to "leave atmo."
 
 
; The black
 
: Space.
 
 
; '''<span style="background: transparent"><span style="font-style: normal">Blowback</span></span>'''
 
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: <span style="font-style: normal"><span style="font-weight: normal"><span style="background: transparent">A </span></span></span><span style="background: transparent"><span style="font-style: normal"><span style="font-weight: normal">vacuum effect created in the barrel of a firearm when it is discharged. Works in the same case for a ship going on full burn breaking atmo.</span></span></span>
 
 
; Clean your housing
 
: To give a thorough beating (as in a spaceship's engine housing).
 
<p style="margin-bottom: 0in; line-height: 150%">'''<span style="background: transparent"><span style="font-style: normal">Dead in the Water</span></span>'''<span style="font-style: normal"><span style="font-weight: normal"><span style="background: transparent"> </span></span></span></p>
 
 
<p style="margin-bottom: 0in; line-height: 150%; margin-left: 40px;"><span style="font-style: normal;"><span style="font-weight: normal;"><span style="background: none repeat scroll 0% 0% transparent;">Floating, drifting; not going anywhere.</span></span></span></p>
 
 
<p style="margin-bottom: 0in; font-style: normal; line-height: 150%">'''<span style="background: transparent">ETA </span>'''</p>
 
 
<p style="margin-bottom: 0in; font-style: normal; line-height: 150%; margin-left: 40px;"><span style="font-weight: normal"><span style="background: transparent">Estimated Time of Arrival. Pilot lingo.</span></span></p>
 
 
 
; Feds, Federals
 
: Members of the Alliance, its military, law enforcement, or functionaries.
 
<p style="margin-bottom: 0in; font-style: normal; line-height: 150%">'''<span style="background: transparent">Fire it up</span>'''<span style="font-weight: normal"><span style="background: transparent"> </span></span></p>
 
 
<p style="margin-bottom: 0in; font-style: normal; line-height: 150%; margin-left: 40px;"><span style="font-weight: normal;"><span style="background: none repeat scroll 0% 0% transparent;">Start the ship.</span></span></p>
 
 
<p style="margin-bottom: 0in; font-style: normal; line-height: 150%">'''<span style="background: transparent">Get this bird in the air</span>'''</p>
 
 
<p style="margin-bottom: 0in; font-style: normal; line-height: 150%; margin-left: 40px;"><span style="font-weight: normal;"><span style="background: none repeat scroll 0% 0% transparent;">Launch the ship for take-off.</span></span></p>
 
 
 
; Go to blackout
 
: Shut down power on the ship to avoid detection.
 
 
; <span style="background: transparent">'''Go for hard burn/full burn'''</span>
 
;
 
: <span style="background: none repeat scroll 0% 0% transparent;"><span style="font-weight: normal">Burn through fuel cells; or fly fast.; use all engine power.</span></span>
 
 
; <span style="background: transparent"><span style="font-style: normal">Green for...'''<span style="font-weight: normal">[docking, etc.]</span> '''</span></span>
 
;
 
: <span style="background: none repeat scroll 0% 0% transparent;"><span style="font-style: normal;"><span style="font-weight: normal;">Referring to the light on a console that signals all systems are standing by for whatever purpose the light correlates to. (landing, docking, taking off, etc.)</span></span></span>
 
<p style="margin-bottom: 0in; line-height: 150%">'''<span style="font-style: normal"><span style="background: transparent">IAV</span></span>'''<span style="font-style: normal"><span style="font-weight: normal"><span style="background: transparent"> </span></span></span></p>
 
 
<p style="margin-bottom: 0in; line-height: 150%; margin-left: 40px;"><span style="font-style: normal;"><span style="font-weight: normal;"><span style="background: none repeat scroll 0% 0% transparent;">Interplanetary Alliance Vessel; </span></span></span></p>
 
 
<p style="margin-bottom: 0in; line-height: 150%">'''<span style="font-style: normal"><span style="text-decoration: none"><span style="background: transparent">(Crazy) Ivan </span></span></span>'''</p>
 
 
<p style="margin-bottom: 0in; line-height: 150%; margin-left: 40px;"><span style="font-style: normal"><span style="text-decoration: none"><span style="font-weight: normal"><span style="background: transparent">Originally a submariner stunt/maneuver that was used to pull an pursuing vessle into attack range, usually used by the Soviet Navy. In this case it can be pulled on a ship with two side propelling engines in order to create a spinning motion. The engines are flipped so as to orient them in opposing directions long enough to pull a 180 degree turn. Once hydraulics are cut, it takes the lowering of a lever and the push of a button in the engine room, and it's good for going. </span></span></span></span></p>
 
 
 
; On the drift
 
: In space without fuel unable to travel.
 
 
; Reavers
 
: Madmen who live on the edges of civilized space, flying dangerous ships and preying on other space vessels.
 
 
; The Rim
 
: Frontier planets, not the core.
 
<p style="margin-bottom: 0in; line-height: 150%">'''<span style="background: transparent"><span style="font-style: normal">Scow</span></span>'''</p>
 
 
<p style="margin-bottom: 0in; line-height: 150%; margin-left: 40px;"><span style="font-style: normal"><span style="font-weight: normal"><span style="background: transparent">A ship modeled after a large, flat-bottomed boat with squared ends. Used to haul bulky cargo (soil, sand, ore, etc). Can be retro-fitted to serve as transport vessels. They can hold between 15-20 families.</span></span></span><span style="background: transparent"><span style="font-weight: normal"> Travelers pick them up cheap at government auctions. A few modifications and they serve well enough for a one-way push to the outer planets.</span></span></p>
 
 
 
 
 
<p style="margin-bottom: 0in; line-height: 150%">'''<span style="background: transparent"><span style="font-style: normal">S</span><span style="font-style: normal">kiff</span></span>'''<span style="font-style: normal"><span style="font-weight: normal"><span style="background: transparent"> </span></span></span></p>
 
 
<p style="margin-bottom: 0in; line-height: 150%; margin-left: 40px;"><span style="font-style: normal;"><span style="font-weight: normal;"><span style="background: none repeat scroll 0% 0% transparent;">A small ship (like a rowboat equivalent, but sky/space oriented) used in war.</span></span></span></p>
 
 
 
 
 
<p style="margin-bottom: 0in; line-height: 150%"><span style="background: transparent">'''<span style="font-style: normal">Take the helm</span>'''</span></p>
 
 
<p style="margin-bottom: 0in; line-height: 150%; margin-left: 40px;"><span style="background: none repeat scroll 0% 0% transparent;"><span style="font-style: normal"><span style="font-weight: normal">Man the bridge. An old phrase that has transcended from the sailing days of Earth-that-was into the 2500s.</span></span></span></p>
 
 
 
 
 
<p style="margin-bottom: 0in; font-style: normal; line-height: 150%">'''<span style="background: transparent">Trans-U </span>'''</p>
 
 
<p style="margin-bottom: 0in; font-style: normal; line-height: 150%; margin-left: 40px;"><span style="font-weight: normal"><span style="background: transparent">A commercial vessel. Old model; hardly ever in use anymore. One too many of them got hit by Reavers, likely.</span></span></p>
 
 
<p style="margin-bottom: 0in; line-height: 150%">'''The 'Verse'''</p>
 
 
 
: Inhabited space or the universe.
 
 
; Being buzzed
 
: Sensors from another ship are actively sweeping you.
 
 
===Underworld===
 
 
 
; Doxy
 
: Prostitute.
 
 
; 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.
 
 
; Tonic
 
: Amateur or illegal alcoholic drink.
 
 
; Bushwhack
 
: Ambush.
 
 
; Footpad
 
: Pickpocket thief in a town.
 
 
; Hornswoggle
 
: To trick someone.
 
 
; On the dodge
 
: Wanted by the police.
 
 
===Technical===
 
 
 
; Advocate
 
: A lawyer.
 
 
; Cortex
 
: Widespread information network.
 
 
; Genseed
 
: Genetically engineered crop seeds used on freshly terraformed worlds.
 
 
; Skyplex
 
: Orbital city or space station.
 
 
; Wave
 
: A communication: text, audio, video, or holographic.
 
 
:
 
 
===Medical===
 
<p style="margin-bottom: 0in; font-style: normal; line-height: 150%; text-decoration: none">'''<span style="background: transparent">3D Neuro-imager </span>'''</p>
 
 
<p style="margin-bottom: 0in; font-style: normal; line-height: 150%; text-decoration: none"><span style="font-weight: normal"><span style="background: transparent">A three dimensional provision of a brain scan. Simon uses one in the </span></span><span style="background: transparent">'''diagnostic ward'''<span style="font-weight: normal"> at St. Lucy's hospital on Ariel.</span></span></p>
 
 
<p style="margin-bottom: 0in; font-style: normal; line-height: 150%; text-decoration: none">'''<span style="background: transparent">BP </span>'''</p>
 
 
<p style="margin-bottom: 0in; font-style: normal; line-height: 150%; text-decoration: none"><span style="font-weight: normal"><span style="background: transparent">Abbreviation for</span></span><span style="background: transparent">''' '''<span style="font-weight: normal">blood pressure.</span></span></p>
 
 
<p style="margin-bottom: 0in; font-style: normal; line-height: 150%; text-decoration: none">'''<span style="background: transparent">Byphodine </span>'''</p>
 
 
<p style="margin-bottom: 0in; font-style: normal; line-height: 150%; text-decoration: none"><span style="font-weight: normal"><span style="background: transparent">A med that slows the metabolic state so you can appear to be dead. Used in 'Ariel' and 'The Message'. Usually induces a vomiting side effect once it wears off.</span></span></p>
 
 
<p style="margin-bottom: 0in; font-style: normal; line-height: 150%; text-decoration: none">'''<span style="background: transparent">Cardiac Infusers</span>'''</p>
 
 
<p style="margin-bottom: 0in; font-style: normal; line-height: 150%; text-decoration: none"><span style="font-weight: normal"><span style="background: transparent">Used to infuse whatever is needed in the heart to keep it working</span></span></p>
 
 
<p style="margin-bottom: 0in; font-style: normal; line-height: 150%; text-decoration: none">'''<span style="background: transparent">Cortical Electrodes </span>'''</p>
 
 
<p style="margin-bottom: 0in; font-style: normal; line-height: 150%; text-decoration: none"><span style="font-weight: normal"><span style="background: transparent">By parsing the definition: a </span></span><span style="background: transparent">'''cortical'''<span style="font-weight: normal"> is the outer layer of an internal organ or body structure. And an </span>'''electrode'''<span style="font-weight: normal"> is an electrical conductor meant to make contact with a nonmetallic circuit. Safe to assume that the said 'circuit' in this case would relate in a medical sense to the cortical. </span></span></p>
 
 
<p style="margin-bottom: 0in; font-style: normal; line-height: 150%; text-decoration: none">'''<span style="background: transparent">Defibrillator</span>'''</p>
 
 
<p style="margin-bottom: 0in; font-style: normal; line-height: 150%; text-decoration: none"><span style="font-weight: normal"><span style="background: transparent">Gets electromagnetic currents to the heart in order to get it pumping again.</span></span></p>
 
 
<p style="margin-bottom: 0in; font-style: normal; line-height: 150%; text-decoration: none">'''<span style="background: transparent">Dermal mender </span>'''</p>
 
 
<p style="margin-bottom: 0in; font-style: normal; line-height: 150%; text-decoration: none"><span style="font-weight: normal"><span style="background: transparent">A medical tool that mends severed skin—Simon got to use it for Mal's ear in the episode 'War Stories', thanks to the Counciller (a female client of Inara's) generously loaning the equipment for them to use.</span></span></p>
 
 
<p style="margin-bottom: 0in; font-style: normal; line-height: 150%; text-decoration: none">'''<span style="background: transparent">DOA</span>'''<span style="font-weight: normal"><span style="background: transparent"> </span></span></p>
 
 
<p style="margin-bottom: 0in; font-style: normal; line-height: 150%; text-decoration: none"><span style="font-weight: normal"><span style="background: transparent">Abbreviation for Dead on Arrival</span></span></p>
 
 
<p style="margin-bottom: 0in; font-style: normal; line-height: 150%; text-decoration: none">'''<span style="background: transparent">Extractor </span>'''</p>
 
 
<p style="margin-bottom: 0in; font-style: normal; line-height: 150%; text-decoration: none"><span style="font-weight: normal"><span style="background: transparent">An instrument used to pull out things like bullet shards</span></span></p>
 
 
<p style="margin-bottom: 0in; font-style: normal; line-height: 150%; text-decoration: none">'''<span style="background: transparent">Good Night Kiss </span>'''</p>
 
 
<p style="margin-bottom: 0in; font-style: normal; line-height: 150%; text-decoration: none"><span style="font-weight: normal"><span style="background: transparent">A narcotic compound, applied on the lips most often. Convenient for the low-and-dirty seducers who try and earn a swindle into their gig.</span></span> Or for something of a more sinister nature, like Saffron in 'Our Mrs. Reynolds'.</p>
 
 
<p style="margin-bottom: 0in; font-style: normal; line-height: 150%; text-decoration: none">'''<span style="background: transparent">Gurney </span>'''</p>
 
 
<p style="margin-bottom: 0in; font-style: normal; line-height: 150%; text-decoration: none"><span style="font-weight: normal"><span style="background: transparent">A transportable hospital bed/stretcher on wheels.</span></span></p>
 
 
<p style="margin-bottom: 0in; font-style: normal; line-height: 150%; text-decoration: none">'''<span style="background: transparent">Hydrozepam</span>'''<span style="font-weight: normal"><span style="background: transparent"> </span></span></p>
 
 
<p style="margin-bottom: 0in; font-style: normal; line-height: 150%; text-decoration: none"><span style="font-weight: normal"><span style="background: transparent">A medical supply worth about 200 credits. More costly than </span></span><span style="background: transparent">'''Isoprovaline'''<span style="font-weight: normal"> and </span>'''Propoxine'''<span style="font-weight: normal"> combined. Use? Unknown. But Simon also originally had one provided in his med kit.</span></span></p>
 
 
<p style="margin-bottom: 0in; font-style: normal; line-height: 150%; text-decoration: none">'''<span style="background: transparent">Hypodermic needles –</span>'''<span style="font-weight: normal"><span style="background: transparent"> aka </span></span><span style="background: transparent">'''Hypo. '''</span></p>
 
 
<p style="margin-bottom: 0in; font-style: normal; line-height: 150%; text-decoration: none"><span style="background: transparent"><span style="font-weight: normal">Used to penetrate skin and allow liquids to either be injected or extracted. They serve a particularly good use in providing liquid meds that cannot be ingested (either because they're physically incapable, or the meds would be useless through a digestive tract.).</span></span></p>
 
 
<p style="margin-bottom: 0in; font-style: normal; line-height: 150%; text-decoration: none">'''<span style="background: transparent">Hypo-gun </span>'''</p>
 
 
<p style="margin-bottom: 0in; font-style: normal; line-height: 150%; text-decoration: none"><span style="font-weight: normal"><span style="background: transparent">Used to hold vials of meds that are injected by the gun. </span></span></p>
 
 
<p style="margin-bottom: 0in; font-style: normal; line-height: 150%; text-decoration: none">'''<span style="background: transparent">Isoprovaline </span>'''</p>
 
 
<p style="margin-bottom: 0in; font-style: normal; line-height: 150%; text-decoration: none"><span style="font-weight: normal"><span style="background: transparent">An immune booster. A common med, provided in Simon's med kit. Street value for a vial: Fifty </span></span><span style="background: transparent">'''platinum'''<span style="font-weight: normal">. </span></span></p>
 
 
<p style="margin-bottom: 0in; font-style: normal; line-height: 150%; text-decoration: none">'''<span style="background: transparent">Medical monitor </span>'''</p>
 
 
<p style="margin-bottom: 0in; font-style: normal; line-height: 150%; text-decoration: none"><span style="font-weight: normal"><span style="background: transparent">Used to monitor vitals in patients hooked up to it.</span></span></p>
 
 
<p style="margin-bottom: 0in; font-style: normal; line-height: 150%; text-decoration: none">'''<span style="background: transparent">Medvault </span>'''</p>
 
 
<p style="margin-bottom: 0in; font-style: normal; line-height: 150%; text-decoration: none"><span style="font-weight: normal"><span style="background: transparent">Where meds are located and stored in a hospital environment.</span></span></p>
 
 
<p style="margin-bottom: 0in; font-style: normal; line-height: 150%; text-decoration: none">'''<span style="background: transparent">Propoxine</span>'''<span style="font-weight: normal"><span style="background: transparent"> </span></span></p>
 
 
<p style="margin-bottom: 0in; font-style: normal; line-height: 150%; text-decoration: none"><span style="font-weight: normal"><span style="background: transparent">A medical supply that costs about 80 credits. Provided in Simon's personal med kit. Use? Unknown. But it's worth more than the </span></span><span style="background: transparent">'''Isoprovaline'''<span style="font-weight: normal">.</span></span></p>
 
 
<p style="margin-bottom: 0in; font-style: normal; line-height: 150%; text-decoration: none">'''<span style="background: transparent">Pulmonary Stimulators </span>'''</p>
 
 
<p style="margin-bottom: 0in; font-style: normal; line-height: 150%; text-decoration: none"><span style="font-weight: normal"><span style="background: transparent">A method to stimulate major arteries. Usually a good idea if patients are cyanotic and unresponsive when attempting to resuscitate them. </span></span></p>
 
 
<p style="margin-bottom: 0in; font-style: normal; line-height: 150%; text-decoration: none"><span style="background: transparent">“'''Pulse is thready” '''</span></p>
 
 
<p style="margin-bottom: 0in; font-style: normal; line-height: 150%; text-decoration: none"><span style="background: transparent"><span style="font-weight: normal">Medical lingo. Thready refers to the strength of a patients pulse and not the rate, although they can often correlate. Thready means weak. The opposite of bounding or strong. Pulse rate is usually given in rate and rhythm. Bradycardic (Brady) and thready is slower than 60bpm (beats per minute) and weak while tachycardic (tachy) and bounding is faster than 100bpm and strong.</span></span></p>
 
 
<p style="margin-bottom: 0in; font-style: normal; line-height: 150%; text-decoration: none">'''<span style="background: transparent">Standard Companion immunization package </span>'''</p>
 
 
<p style="margin-bottom: 0in; font-style: normal; line-height: 150%; text-decoration: none"><span style="font-weight: normal"><span style="background: transparent">Equipment provided for Inara from the guild, who graciously donates it to Simon in the first episode. Which materials are included in the package are unknown.</span></span></p>
 
 
<p style="margin-bottom: 0in; font-style: normal; line-height: 150%; text-decoration: none">'''<span style="background: transparent">Syringe Gun</span>'''</p>
 
 
<p style="margin-bottom: 0in; font-style: normal; line-height: 150%; text-decoration: none"><span style="font-weight: normal"><span style="background: transparent">Inara keeps one such device in her chamber. It is fancier than the hypo-gun, with a an unmarked vial containing black liquied.</span></span></p>
 
 
<p style="margin-bottom: 0in; font-style: normal; line-height: 150%; text-decoration: none">'''<span style="background: transparent">Vials</span>'''</p>
 
 
<p style="margin-bottom: 0in; font-style: normal; line-height: 150%; text-decoration: none"><span style="font-weight: normal"><span style="background: transparent">Used to store liquid meds such as smoothers (used to 'dope' patients)</span></span></p>
 
 
<p style="margin-bottom: 0in; font-style: normal; line-height: 150%; text-decoration: none"><br /></p>
 
   
 
==Chinese phrases==
 
==Chinese phrases==
 
 
The Chinese that became one of the two primary tongues of the 'Verse was originally known as Mandarin. China's official language, Mandarin (sometimes called Pekingese) was derived from the dialect once spoken in that country's northeast, primarily around the capital Beijing. Another major Chinese dialect was Cantonese, spoken down south in Guangdong Province. Way back in the Earth-That-Was days, the Chinese went through a brouhaha as to which of the two tongues to make official. Though no blood was shed far as we know, it was a verbal civil war. North and South fought with volleys of dead-waking hollers over the virtues of their respective cant. In the end, Mandarin won out as the national language. So instead of ''yat zeu'', people shout ''qu si'' to tell folks to "go to hell."
 
The Chinese that became one of the two primary tongues of the 'Verse was originally known as Mandarin. China's official language, Mandarin (sometimes called Pekingese) was derived from the dialect once spoken in that country's northeast, primarily around the capital Beijing. Another major Chinese dialect was Cantonese, spoken down south in Guangdong Province. Way back in the Earth-That-Was days, the Chinese went through a brouhaha as to which of the two tongues to make official. Though no blood was shed far as we know, it was a verbal civil war. North and South fought with volleys of dead-waking hollers over the virtues of their respective cant. In the end, Mandarin won out as the national language. So instead of ''yat zeu'', people shout ''qu si'' to tell folks to "go to hell."
   
 
Chinese is a very different tongue than English, and remains difficult for those who don't pick it up in their earliest years. Mandarin traditionally has four inflections—five if you count the fifth "soft" tone. You best enunciate each just right, or you might have folks scratching their heads, wondering why you're so upset about losing a shoe when you're really trying to alert them of a man overboard.
 
Chinese is a very different tongue than English, and remains difficult for those who don't pick it up in their earliest years. Mandarin traditionally has four inflections—five if you count the fifth "soft" tone. You best enunciate each just right, or you might have folks scratching their heads, wondering why you're so upset about losing a shoe when you're really trying to alert them of a man overboard.
   
We said "traditionally", because in the 26th century, we go by New Chinese. Like English where new words constantly replace the old, and nobody utters the Earth-That-Was slang, Chinese got a makeover too. The progression of humans into a bilingual community evolved the original language into a newer stripped-down version. The main languages, Chinese and English, can each express certain subjects and ideas more efficiently. Over time, folks figured out what these were, and started replacing different parts of speech with whichever language related their thoughts the best. A doctor in the 26th century wouldn't hope to explain chi flow in English, for instance, any more than a control station would give docking instructions in Chinese.
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We said "traditionally", because in the 26th century, we go by New Chinese. Like English where new words constantly replace the old, and nobody utters the Earth-That-Was slang, Chinese got a makeover too. The progression of humans into a bilingual community evolved the original language into a newer stripped-down version. The main languages, Chinese and English, can each express certain subjects and ideas more efficiently than the other. Over time, folks figured out what these were, and started replacing different parts of speech with whichever language related their thoughts the best. A doctor in the 26th century wouldn't hope to explain chi flow in English, for instance, any more than a control station would give docking instructions in Chinese.
   
 
Words and phrases became further streamlined—curmudgeon sticklers would say "corrupted." But only those reared in true Old Chinese-speaking households would complain, and the accessibility made it much easier for lower-class folk of English-speaking heritage.
 
Words and phrases became further streamlined—curmudgeon sticklers would say "corrupted." But only those reared in true Old Chinese-speaking households would complain, and the accessibility made it much easier for lower-class folk of English-speaking heritage.
 
;''Jung J'wohn Guo Hua ''(講中國話) Like a True Spacer
 
   
 
The above would read 'Speaking Chinese Like a True Spacer' in English. In humanity's new home, a collective of humans are able to swear in a 5,000+ year old language—with a cowboy twang.
 
The above would read 'Speaking Chinese Like a True Spacer' in English. In humanity's new home, a collective of humans are able to swear in a 5,000+ year old language—with a cowboy twang.
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===A===
 
===A===
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*A big pile of shit 一大坨大便 (Pinyin: yī dà'' tuó dà biàn).''
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*A switch to those people's backsides is just good enough 鞭打她們的背就夠了 ''Byen Dah Tah Muhn Dug Bay Jo Go Lai (Pinyin: ''biāndǎ tāmen de bèi jìu gòu le'').''
; A big pile of shit 一大坨大便
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*Abracadabra-alakazam 天灵灵 地灵灵 / 天霛霛、地霛霛 (Pinyin: ''tiān líng líng, dì líng líng).''
: ''Yi Da Tuo Da Bian.''
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*Accusing someone of lying, a ridiculous notion, or talking out of one's ass 放屁: ''Fahn Pi'', literally "farting."
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*Agitate/flush someone out of hiding 打草惊蛇 / 打草驚蛇: ''Da Chow Jing Ser (Pinyin: dǎ cǎo jīng shé)'', literally "beating the grass to startle the snake."
; A switch to those girls' backsides is just good enough 鞭打她們的背就夠了
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*Alas, not good, crud!, what a mess, too bad 糟糕: ''Jao Gao (Pinyin: zāo gāo)'', literally "spoiled cake."
: ''Byen Dah Tah Muhn Dug Bay Jo Go Lai.''
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*All that's proper 所有的都适当 / 所有的都適當 (Pinyin: ''suǒyǒu de dōu shìdāng). ''Pronunciation: Suo-yo duh doh shr-dang
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*Alliance 联盟 / 聯盟: ''Lien Mohn (Pinyin: lián méng).''
; Abracadabra-alakazam 天霛霛、地霛霛
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*Do we have an understanding? Do you get it? 懂了吗? / 懂了嗎?: ''Dohn luh mah (Pinyin: dǒng le ma).''
: ''Tian-Ling-Ling, Di-Ling-Ling.''
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*Ass, bottom, posterior 屁股: ''Pi Gu.'' (Pronunciation: Pee-goo)
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*Attributing an unfortunate longshot occurrence 夜路走多了总会见鬼 / 夜路走多了總會見鬼: ''Yeh Lu Jwo Duo Luh Jwohn Whei Jian Guay (Pinyin: yè lù z''ǒu duō le zǒng huì jiàn guǐ'')'', literally "do enough nighttime travels and one will eventually see a ghost"; also a warning of future retribution.
; Accusing someone of lying, a ridiculous notion, or talking out of one's ass 放屁
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*Awesome or extraordinarily clever 高棍: ''Gao Guhn'', literally "high pole."
: ''Fuhn Pi'', literally "farting."
 
 
; Agitate someone out of hiding 打草驚蛇
 
: ''Da Chow Jing Ser'', literally "beating the grass to startle the snake."
 
 
; Alas, not good, crud!, what a mess, too bad 糟糕
 
: ''Jao Gao'', literally "spoiled cake."
 
 
; All that's proper 所有的都適當
 
: ''Suoyou De Dou Shidang.'' (Pronunciation: Suo-yo duh doh shr-dang)
 
 
; Alliance 聯盟
 
: ''Lien Mohn.''
 
 
; Do we have an understanding? Do you get it? 懂了嗎?
 
: ''Dohn luh mah.''
 
 
; Ass, bottom, posterior 屁股
 
: ''Pi Gu.'' (Pronunciation: Pee-goo)
 
 
; Attributing an unfortunate longshot occurrence 夜路走多了總會見鬼
 
: ''Yeh Lu Jwo Duo Luh Jwohn Whei Jian Guay'', literally "do enough nighttime travels and one will eventually see a ghost"; also a warning of future retribution.
 
 
; Awesome or extraordinarily clever 高棍
 
: ''Gao Guhn'', literally "high pole."
 
   
 
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===B===
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*Baboon's ass crack 狒狒屁股: ''Feh Feh Pi Goh.''
+
*Bastard, jerk 混蛋: ''Hwen Dan'', literally "rotten egg."
; Baboon's ass crack 狒狒屁股
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*Big boss or operator of a business 老闆,老闆娘: ''Lao Bahn''; ''Lao Bahn Niang'' for female boss or proprietor's wife. Also informal appellation for acquaintances.
: ''Feh Feh Pi Goh.''
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*Big brother 哥 / 哥哥 / 大哥: ''Ghuh'' or ''Ghuh-Ghuh'', the former is more intimate and connotes blood relation: ''Da-ghuh ''means "big brother" or "leader"
+
*Big change 大變化: ''Da Bianhua.''
; Bastard, jerk 混蛋
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*Big sister 姊姊: ''Jieh'' or ''Jieh-jieh.''
: ''Hwen Dan'', literally "rotten egg."
+
*Big stupid pile of stinking meat 一大堆笨臭肉: ''Yi Da Dwei Bun Chou Roh.''
+
*Blessings on you, dear sister 祝福你、妹妹: ''Zhufu Ni'', ''Mei-Mei''. (Pronunciation: Tzoo-foo nee, mei-mei.)
; Big boss or operator of a business 老闆,老闆娘
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*Blindside or conspire against someone secretly 放冷箭: ''Fang Leng Jian'', literally "shoot a cold arrow."
: ''Lao Bahn''; ''Lao Bahn Niang'' for female boss or proprietor's wife. Also informal appellation for acquaintances.
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*Bottoms up 乾杯: ''Gan Beyh'', literally "dry cup."
+
*Brilliant 精彩: ''Jing tsai''
; Big brother / 哥哥 / 大哥
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*Browncoat: (slang for soldiers of Independent) ''Jone Yee.''
: ''Ghuh'' or ''Ghuh-Ghuh'', the former is more intimate and connotes blood relation.
 
: ''Da-ghuh ''means "big brother" or "leader"
 
 
; Big change 大變化
 
: ''Da Bianhua.''
 
 
; Big sister 姊姊
 
: ''Jieh'' or ''Jieh-jieh.''
 
 
; Big stupid pile of stinking meat 一大堆笨臭肉
 
: ''Yi Da Dwei Bun Chou Roh.''
 
 
; Blessings on you, dear sister 祝福你、妹妹
 
: ''Zhufu Ni'', ''Mei-Mei''. (Pronunciation: Tzoo-foo nee, mei-mei.)
 
 
; Blindside or conspire against someone secretly 放冷箭
 
: ''Fang Leng Jian'', literally "shoot a cold arrow."
 
 
; Bottoms up 乾杯
 
: ''Gan Beyh'', literally "dry cup."
 
 
; Brilliant 精彩
 
: ''Jing tsai''
 
 
; Browncoat
 
: (slang for soldiers of Independent) ''Jone Yee.''
 
   
 
===C===
 
===C===
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*Cheap Goods (Cheap Whore or Bitch) 賤貨: ''Jien Huo.''
+
*Check at once 馬上檢查: ''Ma Shong Jien Cha.''
; Cheap Goods (Cheap Whore or Bitch) 賤貨
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*Cheering or urging someone on 加油: ''Jah Yoh,'' literally "add fuel," equivalent of "go (name)!" in English.
: ''Jien Huo.''
+
*Choose the wrong method to handle a situation 抱薪救火: ''Bao Xin Jiu Huo'', literally "bring wood to put out a fire."
+
*Come in 請進: ''Ching Jin. ''Actual Chinese means "Please enter."
; Check at once 馬上檢查
+
*Commit blunder of great magnitude: ''Bie Woo Lohng.''
: ''Ma Shong Jien Cha.''
+
*Complete disarray or sheer pandemonium 天翻地覆: ''Tian Fan Di Fu'', literally "sky tumbles while earth turns over."
+
*Completely useless 天地無用: ''Tian Di Wu Yowng''
; Cheering or urging someone on 加油
+
*Congratulations 恭喜: ''Gohn Shi.''
: ''Jah Yoh,'' literally "add fuel," equivalent of "go (name)!" in English.
+
*Conniving or scheming person 鬼頭鬼腦: ''Guay Toh Guay Nown'', literally "ghost head and ghost brain."
+
*Cool 酷: ''Ku.''
; Choose the wrong method to handle a situation 抱薪救火
+
*Oh, crap 糟糕: ''Tzao Gao ''(literally "messy cake")''.''
: ''Bao Xin Jiu Huo'', literally "bring wood to put out a fire."
+
*Crap, shit 狗屎: ''Go shi''
+
*Crazy, go crazy 瘋了: ''Feng Le'' (Pronunciation: Fong luh)
; Come in 請進
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*Crazy dog in love with its own feces 愛吃自己的糞[的]狗: ''Ai Chr Jze Se Duh Fohn Diang Gho.''
: ''Ching Jin.''
+
*Cursing 罵髒話: ''Ma Jung Hwa'', literally "chastise with dirty words."
+
*Cute 可愛: ''Kuh Ai.''
; Commit blunder of great magnitude
 
: ''Bie Woo Lohng.''
 
 
; Complete disarray or sheer pandemonium 天翻地覆
 
: ''Tian Fan Di Fu'', literally "sky tumbles while earth turns over."
 
 
; Completely useless 天地無用
 
: ''Tian Di Wu Yowng''
 
 
; Congratulations 恭喜
 
: ''Gohn Shi.''
 
 
; Conniving or scheming person 鬼頭鬼腦
 
: ''Guay Toh Guay Nown'', literally "ghost head and ghost brain."
 
 
; Cool 酷
 
: ''Ku.''
 
 
; Oh, crap 糟糕
 
: ''Tzao Gao.''
 
 
; Crap, shit 狗屎
 
: ''Go shi''
 
 
; Crazy, go crazy 瘋了
 
: ''Feng Le'' (Pronunciation: Fong luh)
 
 
; Crazy dog in love with its own feces 愛吃自己的糞[的]狗
 
: ''Ai Chr Jze Se Duh Fohn Diang Gho.''
 
 
; Cursing 罵髒話
 
: ''Ma Jung Hwa'', literally "chastise with dirty words."
 
 
; Cute 可愛
 
: ''Kuh Ai.''
 
   
 
===D===
 
===D===
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*Damn or damn it 他媽的/該死/阿呀: ''他媽的 Ta Ma Duh'' (literally "his mother's..."), 該死 ''Gai Si, 唉呀 Ai Ya.''
+
*Dangerous person or animal 危險動物: ''Wei Shian Dohn Woo.''
; Damn or damn it 他媽/該死/阿呀
+
*Dangly piece of flesh 戰抖一塊肉: ''Zhan Dou De Yi Kuai Rou.'' (Pronunciation: Jan-doh duh ee-kwai-ro)
: ''他媽的 Ta Ma Duh'' (literally "his mother's..."), 該死 ''Gai Si, 唉呀 Ai Ya.''
+
*Daydream or wishful thinking 白日夢: ''Bai Rih Mohn.''
+
*Dear god in heaven 我的天阿: ''Wo De Tian A.'' (Pronunciation: Wuh de tyen ah).
; Dangerous person or animal 危險動物
+
*Demon woman 妖女: ''Yao Nu.''
: ''Wei Shian Dohn Woo.''
+
*Deserving of bad consequence or fate, "You asked for it!" "That's what you get!" 活該: ''Hwo Gai.''
+
*Despicable 可惡: ''Kuh Wu.''
; Dangly piece of flesh 戰抖的一塊肉
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*Dirty bastard sons-of—王八蛋: ''Wang Ba Dan.'' (Pronunciation: Wang bao dahn).
: ''Zhan Dou De Yi Kuai Rou.'' (Pronunciation: Jan-doh duh ee-kwai-ro)
+
*Do something for nothing in return, or wasted endeavour without a payoff 義演: ''Yee Yan'', literally "a charity show."
+
*Dog-fucking 狗操的: ''Gou cao de.'' (Pronunciation: Go tsao de)
; Daydream or wishful thinking 白日夢
+
*Done for or imminent doom, screwed 完蛋: ''Wong Dahn'', literally "finished (cooked) egg."
: ''Bai Rih Mohn.''
+
*Don't worry 放心: ''Fang Xin.'' (Pronunciation: Fahng-sheen)
+
*Down payment: ''Shi Yan.''
; Dear god in heaven 我的天阿
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*Dumbass 蠢: ''Chwen'', descriptive, literally "retarded."
: ''Wo De Tian A.'' (Pronunciation: Wuh de tyen ah).
 
 
; Demon woman 妖女
 
: ''Yao Nu.''
 
 
; Deserving of bad consequence or fate, "You asked for it!" "That's what you get!" 活該
 
: ''Hwo Gai.''
 
 
; Despicable 可惡
 
: ''Kuh Wu.''
 
 
; Dirty bastard sons-of—王八蛋
 
: ''Wang Ba Dan.'' (Pronunciation: Wang bao dahn).
 
 
; Do something for nothing in return, or wasted endeavour without a payoff 義演
 
: ''Yee Yan'', literally "a charity show."
 
 
; Dog-fucking 狗操的
 
: ''Gou cao de.'' (Pronunciation: Go tsao de)
 
 
; Done for or imminent doom, screwed 完蛋
 
: ''Wong Dahn'', literally "finished (cooked) egg."
 
 
; Don't worry 放心
 
: ''Fang Xin.'' (Pronunciation: Fahng-sheen)
 
 
; Down payment
 
: ''Shi Yan.''
 
 
; Dumbass 蠢
 
: ''Chwen'', descriptive, literally "retarded."
 
   
 
===E===
 
===E===
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*Earthshaking: ''Jing Tian Dwohn Di'', literally "startle the sky and shake the earth."
+
*Engage in a feces-hurling contest with a monkey 跟猴子比丟屎: ''G'en Ho Tze Bi Dio Se'' (Pronunciation: Gun hoe-tze bee dio-se)
; Earthshaking
+
*Enough of this nonsense 夠荒[ ]: ''Go Hwong Tong.''
: ''Jing Tian Dwohn Di'', literally "startle the sky and shake the earth."
+
*Everybody, shut the hell up 你們都閉嘴: ''Ni Men Dou Bi Zui.''
+
*Everyone in the 'Verse 天下所有的人 "All people under Heaven": ''Tian Xia Suo You De Ren.''
; Engage in a feces-hurling contest with a monkey 跟猴子比丟屎
+
*Everything under the sky, "All under Heaven" 天下: ''Tian Shia'', can be used to allude to the world or universe.
: ''G'en Ho Tze Bi Dio Se'' (Pronunciation: Gun hoe-tze bee dio-se)
+
*Excrement 米田共: ''Mi Tian Gohn'', slang, derives from the fact that when you stack the three characters - "mi" (rice), "tian" (paddy), and "gohn" (public or mutual) - from top to bottom in that order, they form the ideograph for excrement.
+
*Explosive diahrrea of an elephant 大象拉屎: ''Da Shiong La Se La Ch'Wohn Tian.''
; Enough of this nonsense 夠荒[ ]
+
*Extraordinarily impatient Buddha: ''Zhen Mei Nai Xin De Fo Zu.'' (Pronunciation: Jen mei nai-shing duh fwo-tzoo)
: ''Go Hwong Tong.''
 
 
; Everybody, shut the hell up 你們都閉嘴
 
: ''Ni Men Dou Bi Zui.''
 
 
; Everyone in the 'Verse 天下所有的人 "All people under Heaven"
 
: ''Tian Xia Suo You De Ren.''
 
 
; Everything under the sky, "All under Heaven" 天下
 
: ''Tian Shia'', can be used to allude to the world or universe.
 
 
; Excrement 米田共
 
: ''Mi Tian Gohn'', slang, derives from the fact that when you stack the three characters - "mi" (rice), "tian" (paddy), and "gohn" (public or mutual) - from top to bottom in that order, they form the ideograph for excrement.
 
 
; Explosive diahrrea of an elephant 大象拉屎
 
: ''Da Shiong La Se La Ch'Wohn Tian.''
 
 
; Extraordinarily impatient Buddha
 
: ''Zhen Mei Nai Xin De Fo Zu.'' (Pronunciation: Jen mei nai-shing duh fwo-tzoo)
 
   
 
===F===
 
===F===
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*Fear nothing but (fill in the blank) 天不怕、地不怕、只怕 _____: ''Tian Bu Pa, Di Bu Pa, Tze Pa...''
+
*Fellow, bloke 傢伙: ''Ja Hwo'', also slang for weapon.
; Fear nothing but (fill in the blank) 天不怕、地不怕、只怕 _____
+
*Female companion or girlfriend: ''Ma Tze'', a somewhat derogatory slang; add ''Dow'' in front for "looking to get a girlfriend."
: ''Tian Bu Pa, Di Bu Pa, Tze Pa...''
+
*Filthy fornicators of livestock: ''Ung Jeong Jia Ching Jien Soh.''
+
*Fire! 開火,放火: ''Kai Huo'' (as in "open fire"), ''Fuhn Huo'' (as in cooking fire).
; Fellow, bloke 傢伙
+
*Fire at will or terminate with extreme prejudice: ''Dai Kai Sa Jeh'', meaning "breaking the Buddhist vow against killing."
: ''Ja Hwo'', also slang for weapon.
+
*Flat-chested 荷包蛋: ''Hur Bao Duhn (Pinyin: he bao dan)'', slang, literally "eggs cooked sunny side up."
+
*Foiled or ruined at the last moment 熟鴨飛天: ''Soh Ya Feh Tian'', expression, literally "a cooked duck flies away."
; Female companion or girlfriend
+
*Fool 傻瓜: ''Sha Gwa (''Pinyin: shǎ guā'')'', literally "stupid melonhead."
: ''Ma Tze'', a somewhat derogatory slang; add ''Dow'' in front for "looking to get a girlfriend."
+
*Friend, pal, buddy 朋友: ''Puhn Yoh (Pinyin: péng you).''
+
*Frog-humping son of a bitch: 青蛙操的流氓 ''Qing Wa Cao De Liu Mang.'' (Pronunciation: Ching-wah tsao duh liou mahng)
; Filthy fornicators of livestock
+
*Fuck you. Damn everyone in the 'verse. 你他妈的,天下所有的人该死 / 你他媽的, 天下所有的人都該死: ''Ni Ta Ma De, Tian Xia Suo You De Ren Dou Gai Si.''
: ''Ung Jeong Jia Ching Jien Soh.''
 
 
; Fire! 開火,放火
 
: ''Kai Huo'' (as in shooting), ''Fuhn Huo'' (as in starting).
 
 
; Fire at will or terminate with extreme prejudice
 
: ''Dai Kai Sa Jeh'', meaning "breaking the Buddhist vow against killing."
 
 
; Flat-chested 荷包蛋
 
: ''Hur Bao Duhn'', slang, literally "eggs cooked sunny side up."
 
 
; Foiled or ruined at the last moment 熟鴨飛天
 
: ''Soh Ya Feh Tian'', expression, literally "a cooked duck flies away."
 
 
; Fool 傻瓜
 
: ''Sha Gwa'', literally "stupid melonhead."
 
 
; Friend, pal, buddy 朋友
 
: ''Puhn Yoh.''
 
 
; Frog-humping son of a bitch
 
: ''Qing Wa Cao De Liu Mang.'' (Pronunciation: Ching-wah tsao duh liou mahng)
 
 
; Fuck you. Damn everyone in the 'verse. 你他媽的 天下所有的人都該死
 
: ''Ni Ta Ma De. Tian Xia Suo You De Ren Dou Gai Si.''
 
   
 
===G===
 
===G===
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*Gang or faction leader: ''Da Gher Da'' for male, ''Da Jeh Da'' for female, slang.
+
*Garbage 垃圾: ''Luh Suh (Pinyin: ''lā jī''; southern dialect: lè sè).''
; Gang or faction leader
+
*Get bold or audacious: 放胆 ''Fahn Dahn (Pinyin: fàng ''dǎn), literally "release courage."
: ''Da Gher Da'' for male, ''Da Jeh Da'' for female, slang.
+
*Get lost 快走開: ''Kwai Jio Kai (Pinyin: kuài ''zǒu'' kāi).''
+
*Go all out, hold nothing back 拼命: ''Ping Ming'', literally "fight for one's life."
; Garbage 垃圾
+
*Go far away very fast: 快去很远的地方/ 快去很遠的地方 (Pinyin: k''uài qù hen yuan de dì f''ā''ng)''. Pronunciation: Kwai chur hun-rien duh di fahng
: ''Luh Suh.''
+
*Go to hell 去死: ''Chiu Se'', literally "go die."
+
*Good or okay 好: ''How.''
; Get bold or audacious
+
*Good journey or bon voyage 一路順風: ''Yi Lu Shwen Fohn.''
: ''Fahn Dahn'', literally "release courage."
+
*Good luck 祝好運: ''Joo How Rin.''
+
*Greetings, hello there 你好: ''Ni How.''
; Get lost 快走開
 
: ''Kwai Jio Kai.''
 
 
; Go all out, hold nothing back 拼命
 
: ''Ping Ming'', literally "fight for one's life."
 
 
; Go far away very fast 快去很遠的地方
 
: ''Kuai Qu Hen Yuan De Di Fang''. (Pronunciation: Kwai chur hun-rien duh di fahng)
 
 
; Go to hell 去死
 
: ''Chiu Se'', literally "go die."
 
 
; Good or okay 好
 
: ''How.''
 
 
; Good journey or bon voyage 一路順風
 
: ''Yi Lu Shwen Fohn.''
 
 
; Good luck 祝好運
 
: ''Joo How Rin.''
 
 
; Greetings, hello there 你好
 
: ''Ni How.''
 
   
 
===H===
 
===H===
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*Handsome 帥: ''Shwai''
+
*Happy development or fortuitous turn of event: ''How Shi Sung Chung'', literally "a good show's about to start," can be used sarcastically.
; Handsome
+
*Have desires above one's social / financial position, or beyond one's ability to realize 癩蛤蟆想吃天鵝肉: ''Lai Huh Moh Sheong Tze Tian Uh Zoh'', literally "for a toad to think of eating a swan."
: ''Shwai''
+
*He or she 他、他的 / 她、她的 / 他們、他們的: ''Tah, tah-duh'' for his or hers, ''tah-muhn'' for them, ''tah-munh-duh'' for theirs.
+
*Heal: ''Chou.''
; Happy development or fortuitous turn of event
+
*Heaven knows what 天曉得: ''Tian Xiao De.'' (Pronunciation: Tyen shiao duh)
: ''How Shi Sung Chung'', literally "a good show's about to start," can be used sarcastically.
+
*Hell: ''Guai.''
+
*Hey! 喂!: ''Wei.'' (Pronunciation: Way!)
; Have desires above one's social / financial position, or beyond one's ability to realize 癩蛤蟆想吃天鵝肉
+
*Holy testicle Tuesday: ''Shun Sheng Duh Gao Wahn.''
: ''Lai Huh Moh Sheong Tze Tian Uh Zoh'', literally "for a toad to think of eating a swan."
+
*Homewrecking tramp 狐狸精: ''Hu Li Jing'', lit. "fox spirit."
+
*How are you? 你好嗎?: ''Ni Hao ma''
; He or she 他、他的 / 她、她的 / 他們、他們的
+
*Hump: ''Gun.''
: ''Tah, tah-duh'' for his or hers, ''tah-muhn'' for them, ''tah-munh-duh'' for theirs.
+
*Hurry up, faster 趕快: ''Gan Kwai.''
 
; Heal
 
: ''Chou.''
 
 
; Heaven knows what 天曉得
 
: ''Tian Xiao De.'' (Pronunciation: Tyen shiao duh)
 
 
; Hell
 
: ''Guai.''
 
 
; Hey! 喂!
 
: ''Wei.'' (Pronunciation: Way!)
 
 
; Holy testicle Tuesday
 
: ''Shun Sheng Duh Gao Wahn.''
 
 
; Homewrecking tramp 狐狸精
 
: ''Hu Li Jing'', literally "fox spirit."
 
 
; How are you? 你好嗎?
 
: ''Ni Hao ma''
 
 
; Hump
 
: ''Gun.''
 
 
; Hurry up, faster 趕快
 
: ''Gan Kwai.''
 
   
 
===I===
 
===I===
+
*I, or me 我: ''Wo'' (me), ''wo-duh'' (mine) pronounced "wuh"
+
*I don't believe my eyes! 我不相信我的眼睛: ''Wo Bu Siang Seeng Wo Der Yen Jing.''
; I, or me
+
*I neither see nor hear you...對你不聼不見: ''Wo Dwei Nee Bu Ting Bu Jian.''
: ''Wo'' (me), ''wo-duh'' (mine) pronounced "wuh"
+
*I will close my ears and my heart and I will be a stone: ''Wo Siang Mei Er'', ''Mei Seeng'', ''Byen Shi To''.
+
*I/you saw his ghost 見他的鬼: ''Jian Ta De Gui''. (Pronunciation: Jien tah duh guay)
; I don't believe my eyes! 我不相信我的眼睛
+
*Idiot, moron 笨蛋 / 蠢豬: ''Buhn Dahn'', literally "stupid egg," or ''Chwen Joo'', literally "retarded pig."
: ''Wo Bu Shin Wo Dah Yan Jing.''
+
*Idiots. All of you. 你們都是傻瓜: ''Ni Men Dou Shi Sha Gua''.
+
*I'm fucked 我肏: ''Wo Cao.''
; I neither see nor hear you... 我對你不聼不見
+
*Impossible 不可能: ''Bu Kuh Nuhn.''
: ''Wuo Dwei Nee Boo Ting Boo Jen.''
+
*Impressive display or visage but no substance 大槍無彈: ''Da Chiang Wu Dahn'', literally "big gun, no bullet."
+
*In someone's doghouse 冷宮: ''Luhn Gohn'', literally "a cold palace," which is where an emperor confines those concubines who have fallen out of favor.
; I will close my ears and my heart and I will be a stone
+
*In that case, never mind 那沒關係: ''Nah Mei Guan Shee.''
: ''Wuo Shang Mei Er'', ''Mei Sheen'', ''Byen Shi To''.
+
*Is that so?/Oh, really? 是嗎?: ''Shi Ma?''
 
; I/you saw his ghost 見他的鬼
 
: ''Jian Ta De Gui''. (Pronunciation: Jien tah duh guay)
 
 
; Idiot, moron 笨蛋 / 蠢豬
 
: ''Buhn Dahn'', literally "stupid egg," or ''Chwen Joo'', literally "retarded pig."
 
 
; Idiots. All of you. 你們都是傻瓜
 
: ''Ni Men Dou Shi Sha Gua''.
 
 
; I'm fucked 我肏
 
: ''Wo Cao.''
 
 
; Impossible 不可能
 
: ''Bu Kuh Nuhn.''
 
 
; Impressive display or visage but no substance 大槍無彈
 
: ''Da Chung Wu Dahn'', literally "big gun, no bullet."
 
 
; In someone's doghouse 冷宮
 
: ''Luhn Gohn'', literally "a cold palace," which is where an emperor confines those concubines who have fallen out of favor.
 
 
; In that case, never mind 那沒關係
 
: ''Nah Mei Guan Shee.''
 
 
; Is that so?/Oh, really? 是嗎?
 
: ''Shi Ma?''
 
   
 
===J===
 
===J===
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*Jesus 耶穌: ''Yeh Su.'' (Pronunciation: Yeh-soo)
+
*Junk 廢物: ''Fey Wu.'' (Pronunciation: Fei-oo)
; Jesus 耶穌
+
*Jiang Jong Guo Hua: (講中國話) Like a True Spacer (lit. "Speak Chinese")
: ''Yeh Su.'' (Pronunciation: Yeh-soo)
+
*Just our luck, what terrible luck 真倒黴: ''Zhen Dao Mei''. (Pronunciation: Jen dao mei)
 
; Junk 廢物
 
: ''Fey Wu.'' (Pronunciation: Fei-oo)
 
 
; Just our luck, what terrible luck 真倒黴
 
: ''Zhen Dao Mei''. (Pronunciation: Jen dao mei)
 
   
 
===K===
 
===K===
   
 
===L===
 
===L===
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*Leader of a criminal operation 蛇頭: ''Sher Toh'', literally "snakehead," derogatory.
+
*Leave one to his own fate: ''Tze Sh'un Tze Mieh''.
; Leader of a criminal operation 蛇頭
+
*Let me repeat myself 我再講一次: ''Wo Jai Jiang Yi Chi''.
: ''Sher Toh'', literally "snakehead," derogatory.
+
*Let's see how we're going to die! 看我們怎麽死吧!: ''Kan Wo Men Zen Me Si Ba!''
+
*Let's take a deep breath. 一起深呼吸: ''Yi Chi Shen Hu Xi.'' (Pronunciation: Ee-chee shung-hoo-shee.)
; Leave one to his own fate
+
*Life support failure: ''Shuhn Ming Shi T'wohn Gu Jong.''
: ''Tze Sh'un Tze Mieh''.
+
*Like hell 見他的鬼: ''Jien Ta Duh Guay'', literally "see his ghost."
+
*Little brother 弟/弟弟: ''Di'' or ''Di-Di''.
; Let me repeat myself 我再講一次
+
*Little sister 妹/妹妹: ''Mei'' or ''Mei-Mei''.
: ''Wuo Jai Jeong Yi Chi''.
+
*Long time no see 好久不見: ''How Jiu Bu Jian.''
+
*Oh, Lord/Oh, God: ''Lao Tien Fu.'' (Pronunciation: Lao tien foo)
; Let's see how we're going to die! 看我們怎麽死吧!
 
: ''Kan Wo Men Zen Me Si Ba!''
 
 
; Let's take a deep breath. 一起深呼吸
 
: ''Yi Chi Shen Hu Xi.'' (Pronunciation: Ee-chee shung-hoo-shee.)
 
 
; Life support failure.
 
: ''Shuhn Ming Shi T'wohn Gu Jong.''
 
 
; Like hell 見他的鬼
 
: ''Jien Ta Duh Guay'', literally "see his ghost."
 
 
; Little brother 弟/弟弟
 
: ''Di'' or ''Di-Di''.
 
 
; Little sister 妹/妹妹
 
: ''Mei'' or ''Mei-Mei''.
 
 
; Long time no see 好久不見
 
: ''How Joh Bu Jian.''
 
 
; Oh, Lord/Oh, God
 
: ''Lao Tien Fu.'' (Pronunciation: Lao tien foo)
 
   
 
===M===
 
===M===
+
*Male companion or boyfriend: ''Kai Tze'', also a somewhat derogatory slang.
+
*Manipulate, or playing someone for a fool: ''Swa.''
; Male companion or boyfriend
+
*Merciful Buddha protect us: ''Rung Tse Fwo Tzoo Bao Yo Wuo Muhn.''
: ''Kai Tze'', also a somewhat derogatory slang.
+
*Merciful God please take me away: ''Rung Tse Song Di Ching Dai Wuo Tzo.''
+
*Merciless hell: ''Ai Yah Tien Ah.''
; Manipulate, or playing someone for a fool
+
*Mind your own business: ''Gwan Ni Tze Jee Dah Shr.'' (Pronunciation: Gwon nee ju jee du shu)
: ''Swa.''
+
*Miss: ''Shao Jeh'', literally "little lady." Follows a name when addressing a known person, so River would be addressed as Tam River ''shao jeh'', or simply Tam ''shao jeh''.
+
*Mister: ''Shian Shen'', literally "born before me," also follows a person's name.
; Merciful Buddha protect us
+
*Monkey raping: ''Cheong Bao Ho Tze.''
: ''Rung Tse Fwo Tzoo Bao Yo Wuo Muhn.''
+
*Monkey's ass: ''Ho Tze Duh Pi Gu.''
+
*Mother of god: ''Wuh De Ma.''
; Merciful God please take me away
+
*Motherless goat of all motherless goats: ''Mei Yong Ma Duh Tse Gu Yong.''
: ''Rung Tse Song Di Ching Dai Wuo Tzo.''
+
*Muddled, mixed-up, confused: ''Wu Toh Wu Now'', literally "without a head or a brain."
+
*Motherfucker: ''Ta Ma Duh.''
; Merciless hell
+
*Mother-humping son of a bitch: ''Ta Ma De Hun Dan.''
: ''Ai Yah Tien Ah.''
+
*My ass is fucked: ''Wo Pi Gu Cao.''
+
*My Buddha-ancestor: ''Wo De Fo Zu.''
; Mind your own business
+
*My wife is not pretty!: ''Wo Tai Tai Bu Piao Liang.''
: ''Gwon Ni Tze Jee Duh Shr.'' (Pronunciation: Gwon nee ju jee du shu)
 
 
; Miss
 
: ''Shao Jeh'', literally "little lady." Follows a name when addressing a known person, so River would be addressed as Tam River ''shao jeh'', or simply Tam ''shao jeh''.
 
 
; Mister
 
: ''Shian Shen'', literally "born before me," also follows a person's name.
 
 
; Monkey raping
 
: ''Cheong Bao Ho Tze.''
 
 
; Monkey's ass
 
: ''Ho Tze Duh Pi Gu.''
 
 
; Mother of god
 
: ''Wuh De Ma.''
 
 
; Motherless goat of all motherless goats
 
: ''Mei Yong Ma Duh Tse Gu Yong.''
 
 
; Muddled, mixed-up, confused
 
: ''Wu Toh Wu Now'', literally "without a head or a brain."
 
 
; Motherfucker
 
: ''Ta Ma Duh.''
 
 
; Mother-humping son of a bitch
 
: ''Ta Ma De Hun Dan.''
 
 
; My ass is fucked
 
: ''Wo Pi Gu Cao.''
 
 
; My Buddha-ancestor
 
: ''Wo De Fo Zu.''
 
 
; My wife is not pretty!
 
: ''Wo Tai Tai Bu Piou Liang.''
 
   
 
===N===
 
===N===
+
*No problem: ''Mei Wen Ti.''
+
*No work (to be found) at all: ''Me Gong Zuo Dou Mei You.''
; No problem
+
*Nonsense: ''Fei Hua'', literally 'crap talk.'
: ''Mei Wen Ti.''
+
*Not advised: ''Jwohn Gao Bu Yi.''
+
*Not enough: ''Bu Goh'', or ''Hai Bu Goh'' for "not enough yet."
; No work (to be found) at all
+
*Not keeping a rendezvous: ''Fahn Gher Tze'', literally "release a pigeon" but insinuating not picking up the bird at the destination.
: ''Me Gong Zuo Dou Mei You.''
+
*Now, immediately, right away: ''Ma Shan ''(Mandarin)'', Ma Siong ''(Cantonese).
+
*Nuts: ''Shiang Jing Ping'' or just ''Shiang Jing''; ''Fuh Shiang Jing'' for "going nuts."
; Nonsense
+
*Nurse (as the profession, not the verb): ''Hu Shi.''
: ''Fei Hua'', literally 'crap talk.'
 
 
; Not advised
 
: ''Jwohn Gao Bu Yi.''
 
 
; Not enough
 
: ''Bu Goh'', or ''Hai Bu Goh'' for "not enough yet."
 
 
; Not keeping a rendezvous
 
: ''Fahn Gher Tze'', literally "release a pigeon" but insinuating not picking up the bird at the destination.
 
 
; Now, immediately, right away
 
: ''Ma Shong.''
 
 
; Nuts
 
: ''Shiang Jing Ping'' or just ''Shiang Jing''; ''Fuh Shiang Jing'' for "going nuts."
 
 
; Nurse (as the profession, not the verb)
 
: ''Hu Shi.''
 
   
 
===O===
 
===O===
+
*Oddball or a goof: ''Chai Neow.''
+
*Of course 當然: ''Dahn rahn.''
; Oddball or a goof
+
*Oh Lord, you clearly know I'm helping do your Work, so why do you find me trouble? 主阿,你明明知道我是幫你做事,又何必找我麻煩呢?: ''Zhu Ah'', ''Ni Ming Ming Zhi Dao Wo Shi Bang Ni Zuo Shi'', ''You He Bi Zhao Wo Ma Fan Ne?''
: ''Chai Neow.''
+
*Oh my God 我的天阿: ''Wou Duh Tian Ah.''
+
*Old 老: ''Lao.''
; Of course 當然
+
*Old man / husband 老公: ''Lao Gohng.''
: ''Dang ran.''
+
*Old woman / wife 老婆: ''Lao Puo.''
+
*Old friend, you're looking lively. 佬朋友,你看起來很有精神: ''Lao Peng You'', ''Ni Kan Chi Lai Hen You Jing Shen'', literally "Old friend, you're looking full of spirit." (Pronunciation: Lao pung yo nee can chi lai hun yo jing shen.)
; Oh Lord, you clearly know I'm helping do your Work, so why do you find me trouble? 主阿,你明明知道我是幫你做事,又何必找我麻煩呢?
+
*One more cup of that brand, please: ''Qing Zai Lai Yi Bei Na Kapei.''
: ''Zhu Ah'', ''Ni Ming Ming Zhi Dao Wo Shi Bang Ni Zuo Shi'', ''You He Bi Zhao Wo Ma Fan Ne?''
+
*One must be ruthless to be a great man: ''Wu Du Bu Juhn Fu'', lit. "a person without poison is not a great man."
+
*Ordinarily useless 經常沒用的: ''Jing Chang Mei Yong De''. (Pronunciation: Jing tzahng mei yong duh)
; Oh my God 我的天阿
+
*Outdo someone or doing one better: ''Dao-Gao-Yee-Chi Moh-Gao-Yee-Juhn'', expression, literally "the solution advances a yard, the problem advances a mile."
: ''Wou Duh Tian Ah.''
+
*Over my dead body 除非我死了: ''Choo fay wuh sih leh, ''lit. "''only if I die first"''
 
; Old 老
 
: ''Lao.''
 
 
; Old man / husband 老公
 
: ''Lao Gohng.''
 
 
; Old woman / wife 老婆
 
: ''Lao Puo.''
 
 
; Old friend, you're looking lively. 佬朋友,你看起來很有精神
 
: ''Lao Peng You'', ''Ni Kan Chi Lai Hen You Jing Shen'', literally "Old friend, you're looking full of spirit." (Pronunciation: Lao pung yo nee can chi lai hun yo jing shen.)
 
 
; One more cup of that brand, please.
 
: ''Qing Zai Lai Yi Bei Na Kapei.''
 
 
; One must be ruthless to be a great man
 
: ''Wu Du Bu Juhn Fu'', literally "a person without poison is not a great man."
 
 
; Ordinarily useless 經常沒用的
 
: ''Jing Chang Mei Yong De''. (Pronunciation: Jing tzahng mei yong duh)
 
 
; Outdo someone or doing one better
 
: ''Dao-Gao-Yee-Chi Moh-Gao-Yee-Juhn'', expression, literally "the solution advances a yard, the problem advances a mile."
 
 
; Over my dead body 除非我死了
 
: ''Choo fay wuh sih leh, "only if I die first"''
 
   
 
===P===
 
===P===
+
*Pal: ''Lao Sheong'' if addressee's older, ''Lao Di'' if younger; used for men only. ''P'n Yoh'' for "friend."
+
*Panda piss: 熊猫尿 / 熊貓 尿''Xiong Mao Niao''. (Pronunciation: Shiong mao niao)
; Pal
+
*Pathetic wretch: ''Bei Bi Shiou Ren'', literally "shameless dirty little person."
: ''Lao Sheong'' if addressee's older, ''Lao Di'' if younger; used for men only. ''P'n Yoh'' for "friend."
+
*Penis: ''Ji Ba'', slang. (Pronunciation: Jee-ba)
+
*Peon, small fry, a nobody: ''Wu Ming Shao Jwu'', literally "nameless little foot soldier."
; Panda piss
+
*Prehistoric: ''Lao Deow Ya'', lit. "Old toothless one."
: ''Xiong Mao Niao''. (Pronunciation: Shiong mao niao)
+
*Pig's sty: ''Joo Fuen Chse.''
+
*Pile of sun-baked dog poo: 日烧狗屎饼 ''Ri shao gou shi bing.''
; Pathetic wretch
+
*Piss-soaked pikers: ''Niao Se Duh Du Gwai.''
: ''Bei Bi Shiou Ren'', literally "shameless dirty little person."
+
*Piss washed: ''Xi Niao.'' (Pronunciation: Shee niao)
+
*Plain, bland, bare: ''Yong Chwen Mien'', slang taken from the namesake generic, flavorless noodle dish.
; Penis
+
*Please be quiet: 请安静一点 / 請安靜一點 ''Ching Ahn Jing Yi Dien (Pinyin: qing an jing yi dian).''
: ''Ji Ba'', slang. (Pronunciation: Jee-ba)
+
*Pledge (promise): 誓言 ''Shi Yan.''
+
*Pool of excrement: ''F'n Zse'', can be used in an expression for "deep crap."
; Peon, small fry, a nobody
+
*Pool of pig droppings: ''Joo Fuen Chse.''
: ''Wu Ming Shao Jwu'', literally "nameless little foot soldier."
+
*Precious, darling, sweetheart, treasure: 宝贝 / 寶貝 ''Bao Bei.''
+
*Pretty lady, hire me for the night and I'll open you like a flower: ''Piow Liang De Shao Ji'', ''Nee Gu Wuo Hu Nee Shang Hao''. ''Wuh Hwai Rong Nee Shung Kai Roo Hua''.
; Prehistoric
+
*Pretty lady, forget him and hire me: 漂亮的小姐,不理他,顾我 ''Piow Liang De Shao Jie, Bu Li Tah, Gu Wo...(Pinyin: piao liang de xiao jie, bu li ta, gu wo...)''
: ''Lao Deow Ya'', literally "so old as to lose all teeth."
 
 
; Pig's sty
 
: ''Joo Fuen Chse.''
 
 
; Pile of sun-baked dog poo
 
: ''Ri shao gou shi bing.''
 
 
; Piss-soaked pikers
 
: ''Niao Se Duh Du Gwai.''
 
 
; Piss washed
 
: ''Xi Niao.'' (Pronunciation: Shee niao)
 
 
; Plain, bland, bare
 
: ''Yong Chwen Mien'', slang taken from the namesake generic, flavorless noodle dish.
 
 
; Please be quiet
 
: ''Ching Ahn Jing Yi Dien.''
 
 
; Pledge (promise)
 
: ''Shi Yan.''
 
 
; Pool of excrement
 
: ''F'n Zse'', can be used in an expression for "deep crap."
 
 
; Pool of pig droppings
 
: ''Joo Fuen Chse.''
 
 
; Precious, darling, sweetheart, treasure
 
: ''Bao Bei.''
 
 
; Pretty lady, hire me for the night and I'll open you like a flower...
 
: ''Piow Liang De Shao Ji'', ''Nee Gu Wuo Hu Nee Shang Hao''. ''Wuh Hwai Rong Nee Shung Kai Roo Hua''.
 
 
; Pretty lady, forget him and hire me...
 
: ''Piow Liang De Shao Ji, Bu Li Tah, Gu Wo...''
 
   
 
===Q===
 
===Q===
   
 
===R===
 
===R===
+
*Real man: 男子汉 / 男子漢 ''Nuhn Tze Huhn (Pinyin: nan zi han)''
+
*Really dangerous: 危险 / 危險 ''Wei Shan (Pinyin: wei xian)'', more poetic, ''Wo Hu Chung Long'', which is "crouching tiger, hidden dragon," an expression for something dangerous.
; Real man
+
*Really is a genius: 真的是天才 ''Zhen De Shi Tian Cai.'' (Pronunciation: Jen duh sh tyen tsai)
: ''Nuhn Tze Huhn.''
+
*Redundant, unnecessary complicating something: ''Wua Ser Tian Jwoo'', literally "draw a snake and add feet to it."
+
*Remorseless harridan: ''Bu Hui Hen De Puo Fu''. (Pronunciation: Boo hway-hun duh puo-foo)
; Really dangerous
+
*Retreat, run away: ''Joi Weh Sung Chiuh'', phrase summarizing the last of the Chinese "36 Stratagems," which extols the virtue of fleeing to fight another day.
: ''Wei Shan'', more poetic, ''Wo Hu Chung Long'', which is "crouching tiger, hidden dragon," an expression for something dangerous.
+
*Ridiculously strange, illogical or nonsensical: 莫名奇妙 ''Mo Min Chi Meow (Pinyin: míng qí miào)'', literally "not understanding the peculiarity."
+
*Ruined, finished: 完蛋了 ''Wan Duhn Luh (Pinyin: wan dan le).''
; Really is a genius
+
*Ruthless or savage beast of a person: ''Ching Soh.''
: ''Zhen De Shi Tian Cai.'' (Pronunciation: Jen duh sh tyen tsai)
 
 
; Redundant, unnecessary complicating something
 
: ''Wua Ser Tian Jwoo'', literally "draw a snake and add feet to it."
 
 
; Remorseless harridan
 
: ''Bu Hui Hen De Puo Fu''. (Pronunciation: Boo hway-hun duh puo-foo)
 
 
; Retreat, run away
 
: ''Joi Weh Sung Chiuh'', phrase summarizing the last of the Chinese "36 Stratagems," which extols the virtue of fleeing to fight another day.
 
 
; Ridiculously strange, illogical or nonsensical
 
: ''Mo Min Chi Meow'', literally "not understanding the peculiarity."
 
 
; Ruined, finished
 
: ''Wan Duhn Luh.''
 
 
; Ruthless or savage beast of a person
 
: ''Ching Soh.''
 
   
 
===S===
 
===S===
+
*Screw him/her running: ''Gun Ta Jwo Lu.''
+
*Screw you: ''Chwee Ni Duh'', literally "eat yours."
; Screw him/her running
+
*Shameless hussy: ''Meh Lien Duh Jyah Jee'', literally "faceless bastard prostitute."
: ''Gun Ta Jwo Lu.''
+
*Shiny, awesome, fantastic: ''Jahn!''
+
*Shit on my head: ''Ai Ya Jwai Leh.''
; Screw you
+
*Shit talk: ''Da Bian Hua.''
: ''Chwee Ni Duh'', literally "eat yours."
+
*Shut up: ''Bi Jweh.''
+
*Shut up and make us wealthy: ''Bi Jweh, Lung Wuo Mun Fah Tsai.''
; Shameless hussy
+
*Shut up, you inconsiderate schoolboys: ''Bi Jweh Nein Hen Bu Tee Tyeh Duh Nan Shung.''
: ''Meh Lien Duh Jyah Jee'', literally "faceless bastard prostitute."
+
*Sir: ''Da Yeh.'' When used as a nobility, ''Nuhu Jwei'' following the name.
+
*Smelled a fart: ''Wen Gua Pi''. (Pronunciation: Wun gwa pee)
; Shiny, awesome, fantastic
+
*So guilty as to deserve a thousand deaths: ''Jwei Gai Won Se.''
: ''Jahn!''
+
*Soldier, fighter, warrior: ''Zhan Shi.''
+
*Son of a bitch: ''Wong Ba Duhn'', or ''Go Neong Yung Duh'' for a more literal and vicious translation.
; Shit on my head
+
*Son of a drooling whore and a monkey: ''Liu Kou Shui De Biao Zi He Hou Zi De Er Zi''. (Pronunciation: Liou coe shway duh biao-tze huh hoe-tze duh ur-tze)
: ''Ai Ya Jwai Leh.''
+
*Speak now and quickly: ''Yo Hua Kwai Suo.''
+
*Speaking without a clue: ''Shiah Hwa'', literally "blind talk."
; Shit talk
+
*Stop talking: ''Joo Koh.''
: ''Da Bian Hua.''
+
*Stuff all the planets in the universe into my ass: ''Tai Kong Suo You Di Xing Qui Dou Sai Jin Wo De Pi Gu.'' (Pronunciation: Tai-kong suo-yo duh shing-chiou doh sai-jin wuh dhu pee-goo.)
+
*Stupid: ''Yu Bun Duh.''
; Shut up
+
*Stupid inbred stack of meat: ''Ben Tian Sheng De Yi Dui Rou.'' (Pronunciation: Bun tyen-shung duh ee-dway-ro)
: ''Bi Jweh.''
+
*Stupid son of a drooling whore and monkey: ''Lio Coh Jwei Ji Neong Hur Ho Deh Yung Duh Buhn Jah J'wohn.''
+
*Suicidal idea: ''Tze sah ju yi.''
; Shut up and make us wealthy
+
*Surrender, give up: ''Toh Shung.''
: ''Bi Jweh, Lung Wuo Mun Fah Tsai.''
+
*Swindle: ''Gwai.''
 
; Shut up, you inconsiderate schoolboys
 
: ''Bi Jweh Nein Hen Bu Tee Tyeh Duh Nan Shung.''
 
 
; Sir
 
: ''Da Yeh.'' When used as a nobility, ''Nuhu Jwei'' following the name.
 
 
; Smelled a fart
 
: ''Wen Gua Pi''. (Pronunciation: Wun gwa pee)
 
 
; So guilty as to deserve a thousand deaths
 
: ''Jwei Gai Won Se.''
 
 
; Soldier, fighter, warrior
 
: ''Zhan Shi.''
 
 
; Son of a bitch
 
: ''Wong Ba Duhn'', or ''Go Neong Yung Duh'' for a more literal and vicious translation.
 
 
; Son of a drooling whore and a monkey
 
: ''Liu Kou Shui De Biao Zi He Hou Zi De Er Zi''. (Pronunciation: Liou coe shway duh biao-tze huh hoe-tze duh ur-tze)
 
 
; Speak now and quickly
 
: ''Yo Hua Kwai Suo.''
 
 
; Speaking without a clue
 
: ''Shiah Hwa'', literally "blind talk."
 
 
; Stop talking
 
: ''Joo Koh.''
 
 
; Stuff all the planets in the universe into my ass
 
: ''Tai Kong Suo You Di Xing Qui Dou Sai Jin Wo De Pi Gu.'' (Pronunciation: Tai-kong suo-yo duh shing-chiou doh sai-jin wuh dhu pee-goo.)
 
 
; Stupid
 
: ''Yu Bun Duh.''
 
 
; Stupid inbred stack of meat
 
: ''Ben Tian Sheng De Yi Dui Rou.'' (Pronunciation: Bun tyen-shung duh ee-dway-ro)
 
 
; Stupid son of a drooling whore and monkey
 
: ''Lio Coh Jwei Ji Neong Hur Ho Deh Yung Duh Buhn Jah J'wohn.''
 
 
; Suicidal idea
 
: ''Tze sah ju yi.''
 
 
; Surrender, give up
 
: ''Toh Shung.''
 
 
; Swindle
 
: ''Gwai.''
 
   
 
===T===
 
===T===
+
*Take care, stay healthy 保重: ''Bao zhong'', literally "maintain weight."
+
*Talk nonsense: ''Shia Suo.''
; Take care, stay healthy 保重
+
*Thank you 謝謝: ''Xie xie.'' (Pronunciation: ''Sheh sheh)''
: ''Bao zhong'', literally "maintain weight."
+
*That has nothing to do with it 那沒關係: ''Na Mei Guan Xi''. (Pronunciation: Nah mei guan shee)
+
*There's nothing about this plan that isn't horrific!: ''Juh Guh Jee Hua Juhn Kuh Pah!''
; Talk nonsense
+
*Things never go smooth: ''How W'rin Bu Lai, Whai W'rin Bu Jwo.''
: ''Shia Suo.''
+
*This really is a happy holiday: ''Zhe Zhen Shi Ge Kuai Le De Jing Zhang.'' (Pronunciation: Juh jen sh guh kwai luh duh jean jan)
+
*To throw in a monkeywrench: ''Gwai Ma Jeow'', literally "twist a horse's legs (while it's galloping)."
; Thank you 謝謝
+
*Trouble, problem, complication 麻煩: ''Ma Fahn.''
: ''Sheh Sheh.''
+
*Tyrant, iron-fisted ruler 霸王: ''Ba Wong.''
 
; That has nothing to do with it 那沒關係
 
: ''Na Mei Guan Xi''. (Pronunciation: Nah mei guan shee)
 
 
; There's nothing about this plan that isn't horrific!
 
: ''Juh Guh Jee Hua Juhn Kuh Pah!''
 
 
; Things never go smooth
 
: ''How W'rin Bu Lai, Whai W'rin Bu Jwo.''
 
 
; This really is a happy holiday
 
: ''Zhe Zhen Shi Ge Kuai Le De Jing Zhang.'' (Pronunciation: Juh jen sh guh kwai luh duh jean jan)
 
 
; To throw in a monkeywrench
 
: ''Gwai Ma Jeow'', literally "twist a horse's legs (while it's galloping)."
 
 
; Trouble, problem, complication 麻煩
 
: ''Ma Fahn.''
 
 
; Tyrant, iron-fisted ruler 霸王
 
: ''Ba Wong.''
 
   
 
===U===
 
===U===
+
*Ugly or perverted person: ''Joo Bah Jeh'', insult taken from the name of the hoggish, lecherous character in the popular Chinese folktale, "Journey to the West."
+
*Understand: ''Dohn, dohn-ma'' for "understand?", ''dohn-luh-mah'' for "are we clear here?"
; Ugly or perverted person
+
*Urine: ''Niao.''
: ''Joo Bah Jeh'', insult taken from the name of the hoggish, lecherous character in the popular Chinese folktale, "Journey to the West."
 
 
; Understand
 
: ''Dohn, dohn-ma'' for "understand?", ''dohn-luh-mah'' for "are we clear here?"
 
 
; Urine
 
: ''Niao.''
 
   
 
===V===
 
===V===
+
*Very: ''Feh Chun.''
 
; Very
 
: ''Feh Chun.''
 
   
 
===W===
 
===W===
+
*Wait / hold on a second: ''D'un Yi Shia.''
+
*Warning someone against doing things "the hard way": ''Jin Joh Bu Chi Chi Fah Joh'', literally "choosing to sip the wine of penalty over that of respect."
; Wait / hold on a second
+
*Water: ''Swei.''
: ''D'un Yi Shia.''
+
*We, us: ''Wuo Mun'', ''Wuo Mun Duh'' for ours.
+
*We will enjoy your silence now: ''Bai Tuo'', ''Uhn Jin Tee Dien.''
; Warning someone against doing things "the hard way"
+
*Weak-ass sauce: ''Lan Dan Jiang.''
: ''Jin Joh Bu Chi Chi Fah Joh'', literally "choosing to sip the wine of penalty over that of respect."
+
*We're in big trouble: ''Ai Ya Wo Mun Wan Leh.''
+
*What: ''Shuh Muh?''
; Water
+
*What the hell is this crap?: ''Juh Shi Suh Mo Go Dohng Shee?''
: ''Swei.''
 
 
; We, us
 
: ''Wuo Mun'', ''Wuo Mun Duh'' for ours.
 
 
; We will enjoy your silence now
 
: ''Bai Tuo'', ''Uhn Jin Tee Dien.''
 
 
; Weak-ass sauce
 
: ''Lan Dan Jiang.''
 
 
; We're in big trouble
 
: ''Ai Ya Wo Mun Wan Leh.''
 
 
; What
 
: ''Shuh Muh?''
 
 
; What the hell is this crap?
 
: ''Juh Shi Suh Mo Go Dohng Shee?''
 
   
 
===X===
 
===X===
   
 
===Y===
 
===Y===
+
*Yeah, right (No, it's not!) 才不是: ''Cai Bu Shi.''
+
*Yes 是: ''Shi.''
; Yeah, right (No, it's not!) 才不是
+
*You 你,你的: ''Ni, ni-duh'' for yours, ''ni-muhn'' for plural, ''ni-muhn-duh'' for plural possessive.
: ''Cai Bu Shi.''
+
*You don't deserve it: ''Ni Bu Ying Duh Jur Guh.''
+
*You wanna bullet right in your throat? 你要我開槍?: ''Nee Yow Wuo Kai Chiang? ''Chinese characters actually mean "Do you want me to start firing/open fire?"
; Yes
+
*You wanna die?: ''Nee Tzao Se Mah? ''你找死吗?: lit. "Are you looking for death?"
: ''Shi.''
+
*Young lady, little miss 小妹妹: ''Xiao Mei Mei.''
+
*Young one 年輕的, 幼齒: ''Nyen Ching Duh'', or ''Yo Chr'', slang for underaged (literally "infant teeth.")
; You 你,你的
+
*You're crazy 發狂: ''Fa Kuang.''
: ''Ni, ni-duh'' for yours, ''ni-muhn'' for plural, ''ni-muhn-duh'' for plural possessive.
+
*You're hurt 你受傷了: ''Ni Shou Shang Le.''
+
*You're mad/insane 發瘋: ''Fa Feng.''
; You don't deserve it
 
: ''Ni Bu Ying Duh Jur Guh.''
 
 
; You wanna bullet right in your throat? 你要我開槍?
 
: ''Nee Yow Wuo Kai Chiung?''
 
 
; You wanna die?
 
: ''Nee Tzao Se Mah?''
 
 
; Young lady, little miss 小妹妹
 
: ''Xiao Mei Mei.''
 
 
; Young one 年輕的, 幼齒
 
: ''Nyen Ching Duh'', or ''Yo Chr'', slang for underaged (literally "infant teeth.")
 
 
; You're crazy 發狂
 
: ''Fa Kuang.''
 
 
; You're hurt 你受傷了
 
: ''Ni Shou Shang Le.''
 
 
; You're mad/insane 發瘋
 
: ''Fa Feng.''
 
   
 
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Rim world speechEdit

  • Truncate the "g" for "ing" words in spelling (final velar nasals become alveolar in speech) ("schoolin'")
  • Pepper with slang adjectives.
  • Double negatives. ("It don't mean nothin' out here.")
  • Using odd words and word forms in phrases.
  • Use "don't" instead of "doesn't."
  • Ain't.
  • Odd Words: druther, yonder, dang, plumb, right smart.
  • Prefixing "a" on gerunds ("a-runnin'").
  • No -ly on adverbs from adjectives. ("She described the plan real simple. That job's awful hard to do.")
  • Irregular verbs default to third person singular. ("We was goin' there. He got none of that.")
  • Malformed verbs. ("He growed up real good. He come by here last night. I seen it with my own eyes. He done run off again.")
  • Use mean sounding Chinese phrases.  (Ching-wah TSOU duh liou mahng.)

ExamplesEdit

  • "Looks like we got us some imminent violence."
  • "We got no short of ugly ridin' in on us."
  • "I'm just feeling kind of truthsome right now."
  • "We're in some peril here."
  • "We just need a small crew, them as feel the need to be free."
  • "This here's a recipe for unpleasantness."
  • "I'm shocked my own self."
  • "We'll be there directly."
  • "But she does have an oddness to her."
  • "So I trucked out to the border, learned to say "ain't" and came to find work."

Frontier lifeEdit

  • A-grade: Top notch; quality
  • Aim: To want, try, or intend to do something.
  • All-fired: truncated version of "all fired up" meaning very emotional or excited. ("Where'd she go gettin' all-fired jealous 'bout this?")
  • Awful, Dreadful, Mighty, Plumb, Powerful: Adverbs for emphasis. ("Gettin' awful crowded in my sky.")
  • Back-berth: Stupid, naive, inexperienced, unimportant or "slow". Derived from the nautical term for a ship's position in a harbor. As a naval metaphor, a "back berth" would be the last ship out of port, i.e. one trailing at the rear of a fleet, therefore meaning slowest and/or of least importance.
  • Bang-up: Great. ("They did a bang-up job.")
  • Brainpan: Refers to the skull which encases the brain. Another way of saying 'head'.
  • Bughouse: Mental hospital.
  • Chinese Checkers: A game still played in the 'verse. Placed on booths and tables in bars and some such.
  • Corpsified: Dead. Now resembling a corpse.
  • Docket: Schedule, calender, itinerary. Example: Wash (ep 1): “Nah, she [Inara] had a pretty full docket.”
  • Fancible: Fancy/fanciful
  • Fancy Rock: Another way of saying a well-to-do planet run entirely by the Alliance.
  • Fei-oo: s**t, po, junk, trash, garbage, dirt
  • Foodstuffs: Food
  • Foxhole: A makeshift shelter in a war zone.
  • Fuzzie-wuzzies: Folk who are easily swayed and comforted.
  • Git: Go away.
  • Gorram: A version of "God damn."
  • High ground: A spot not underneath foxholes in battle. Instead, literally on the war front.
  • Latrine: Fancy word for toilet.
  • “Let's hoof it”: Let's get going.
  • “Let's moon 'em”: Slang for Serenity's rear engine flaring up for a getaway.
  • Local color: Locals and their ideology. Ex: Mal: “Wash, we got some local color happening down here; a grand entrance would not go amiss.”
  • Mite: A bit/amount. Could be used to mean a small amount, or an intential under-exaggeration of a large amount.
  • Moonbrained: Crazy, or unintelligent, used to describe a person or idea.
  • Neg: Negative
  • Ornery: Stubborn, not passive.
  • Peck: A large amount.
  • Preacher: Anyone religious.
  • Pinched: To be held up or in a sticky situation; Plan went south; To be in a bind.
  • Pretty: An adjective that has been adapted to also use as a noun. Kaylee uses it a lot. “Every piece of pretty is tagged for the scanners.”
  • Prod: A crony for someone of the expensive/diplomatic variety.
  • Purple-belly: A derogatory term used to refer to a member of the Alliance.
  • Rabbiting: Hightailing; running; fleeing.
  • Religiosity: Religion
  • Ruttin'/Rutting: f***ing
  • Run afoul: To get into trouble with.
  • Shindig: A party, usually with dancing.
  • Shiny: Good or valuable; "cool."
  • Size someone up: Judge how tough they are or what their intentions might be.
  • Sly: Frontier Slang for men who prefer other men sexually.
  • Sully: To taint
  • Suss (out): To figure out; determine
  • Tetchy: Sensitive or complaining.

SpacefaringEdit

  • Atmo: Atmosphere, as in to "leave atmo."
  • Being buzzed: Sensors from another ship are actively sweeping you.
  • Blowback: A vacuum effect created in the barrel of a firearm when it is discharged. Works in the same case for a ship going on full burn breaking atmo.
  • Clean your housing: To give a thorough beating (as in a spaceship's engine housing).
  • Crazy Ivan: Originally a submariner stunt/maneuver that was used to pull an pursuing vessel into attack range, usually used by the Soviet Navy. In this case it can be pulled on a ship with two side propelling engines in order to create a spinning motion. The engines are flipped so as to orient them in opposing directions long enough to pull a 180 degree turn. Once hydraulics are cut, it takes the lowering of a lever and the push of a button in the engine room, and it's good for going.
  • Dead in the Water: Floating, drifting; not going anywhere.
  • ETA: Estimated Time of Arrival. Pilot lingo.
  • Feds, Federals: Members of the Alliance, its military, law enforcement, or functionaries.
  • Fire it up: Start the ship.
  • Get this bird in the air: Launch the ship for take-off.
  • Go to blackout: Shut down power on the ship to avoid detection.
  • Go for hard burn/full burn: Burn through fuel cells; or fly fast.; use all engine power.
  • Green for: Referring to the light on a console that signals all systems are standing by for whatever purpose the light correlates to. (landing, docking, taking off, etc.)
  • On the drift: In space without fuel unable to travel.
  • Reavers: Madmen who live on the edges of civilized space, flying dangerous ships and preying on other space vessels.
  • Scow: A ship modeled after a large, flat-bottomed boat with squared ends. Used to haul bulky cargo (soil, sand, ore, etc). Can be retro-fitted to serve as transport vessels. They can hold between 15-20 families. Travelers pick them up cheap at government auctions. A few modifications and they serve well enough for a one-way push to the outer planets.
  • Skiff: A small ship (like a rowboat equivalent, but sky/space oriented) used in war.
  • Take the helm: Man the bridge. An old phrase that has transcended from the sailing days of Earth-that-was into the 2500s.
  • The Black: Space.
  • The Rim: Frontier planets, not the core.
  • The 'Verse: Inhabited space or the universe.
  • Trans-U: A commercial vessel. Old model; hardly ever in use anymore. One too many of them got hit by Reavers, likely.

UnderworldEdit

  • Doxy: Sex worker.
  • 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.
  • Tonic: Amateur or illegal alcoholic drink.
  • Bushwhack: Ambush.
  • Footpad: Pickpocket thief in a town.
  • Hornswoggle: To trick someone.
  • On the dodge: Wanted by the police.

TechnicalEdit

  • Advocate: A lawyer.
  • Cortex: Widespread information network.
  • Genseed: Genetically engineered crop seeds used on freshly terraformed worlds.
  • Skyplex: Orbital city or space station.
  • Wave: A communication: text, audio, video, or holographic.

MedicalEdit

  • 3D Neuro-imager: A three dimensional provision of a brain scan. Simon uses one in the diagnostic ward at St. Lucy's hospital on Ariel.
  • BP: Abbreviation for blood pressure.
  • Byphodine: A med that slows the metabolic state so you can appear to be dead. Used in 'Ariel' and 'The Message'. Usually induces a vomiting side effect once it wears off.
  • Cardiac Infusers: Used to infuse whatever is needed in the heart to keep it working
  • Cortical Electrodes: By parsing the definition: a cortical is the outer layer of an internal organ or body structure. And an electrode is an electrical conductor meant to make contact with a nonmetallic circuit. Safe to assume that the said 'circuit' in this case would relate in a medical sense to the cortical.
  • Defibrillator: Gets electromagnetic currents to the heart in order to get it pumping again.
  • Dermal mender: A medical tool that mends severed skin—Simon got to use it for Mal's ear in the episode 'War Stories', thanks to the Councilor (a female client of Inara's) generously loaning the equipment for them to use.
  • DOA: Abbreviation for Dead on Arrival
  • Extractor: An instrument used to pull out things like bullet shards
  • Good Night Kiss: A narcotic compound, usually applied on the lips. Convenient for the low-and-dirty seducers who try and earn a swindle into their gig. Or for something of a more sinister nature, like Saffron in 'Our Mrs. Reynolds'.
  • Gurney: A transportable hospital bed/stretcher on wheels.
  • Hydrozepam: A medical supply worth about 200 credits.
  • Hypodermic needles, Hypo: Used to penetrate skin and allow liquids to either be injected or extracted. They serve a particularly good use in providing liquid meds that cannot be ingested (either because they're physically incapable, or the meds would be useless through a digestive tract).
  • Hypo-gun: Used to hold vials of meds that are injected by the gun.
  • Isoprovaline: An immune booster. A common medication, provided in Simon's med kit. Street value for a vial: Fifty platinum.
  • Medical monitor: Used to monitor vitals in patients hooked up to it.
  • Medvault: Where meds are located and stored in a hospital environment.
  • Propoxine: A medical supply that costs about 80 credits.
  • Pulmonary Stimulators: A method to stimulate major arteries. Usually a good idea if patients are cyanotic and unresponsive when attempting to resuscitate them.
  • “Pulse is thready”: Medical lingo. Thready refers to the strength of a patients pulse and not the rate, although they can often correlate. Thready means weak. The opposite of bounding or strong. Pulse rate is usually given in rate and rhythm. Bradycardic (Brady) and thready is slower than 60bpm (beats per minute) and weak while tachycardic (tachy) and bounding is faster than 100bpm and strong.
  • Standard Companion immunization package: Equipment provided for Inara from the guild, who graciously donates it to Simon in the first episode. Which materials are included in the package are unknown.
  • Syringe Gun: Inara keeps one such device in her chamber. It is fancier than the hypo-gun, with a an unmarked vial containing black liquid.
  • Vials: Used to store liquid meds such as smoothers (used to 'dope' patients)

Chinese phrasesEdit

The Chinese that became one of the two primary tongues of the 'Verse was originally known as Mandarin. China's official language, Mandarin (sometimes called Pekingese) was derived from the dialect once spoken in that country's northeast, primarily around the capital Beijing. Another major Chinese dialect was Cantonese, spoken down south in Guangdong Province. Way back in the Earth-That-Was days, the Chinese went through a brouhaha as to which of the two tongues to make official. Though no blood was shed far as we know, it was a verbal civil war. North and South fought with volleys of dead-waking hollers over the virtues of their respective cant. In the end, Mandarin won out as the national language. So instead of yat zeu, people shout qu si to tell folks to "go to hell."

Chinese is a very different tongue than English, and remains difficult for those who don't pick it up in their earliest years. Mandarin traditionally has four inflections—five if you count the fifth "soft" tone. You best enunciate each just right, or you might have folks scratching their heads, wondering why you're so upset about losing a shoe when you're really trying to alert them of a man overboard.

We said "traditionally", because in the 26th century, we go by New Chinese. Like English where new words constantly replace the old, and nobody utters the Earth-That-Was slang, Chinese got a makeover too. The progression of humans into a bilingual community evolved the original language into a newer stripped-down version. The main languages, Chinese and English, can each express certain subjects and ideas more efficiently than the other. Over time, folks figured out what these were, and started replacing different parts of speech with whichever language related their thoughts the best. A doctor in the 26th century wouldn't hope to explain chi flow in English, for instance, any more than a control station would give docking instructions in Chinese.

Words and phrases became further streamlined—curmudgeon sticklers would say "corrupted." But only those reared in true Old Chinese-speaking households would complain, and the accessibility made it much easier for lower-class folk of English-speaking heritage.

The above would read 'Speaking Chinese Like a True Spacer' in English. In humanity's new home, a collective of humans are able to swear in a 5,000+ year old language—with a cowboy twang.

The following phrases can be tossed into whatever situation seems most appropriate, or not. These just scratch the surface of possibilities for cursing in Chinese. While even educated, refined folk swear every now and then, you're more likely to hear most of these phrases out of a free-boosting fringe rat. Phrases are listed by the first letter of the phrase, and collected here thanks to Laura (Zoë's player) and the Serenity RPG.

AEdit

  • A big pile of shit 一大坨大便 (Pinyin: yī dà tuó dà biàn).
  • A switch to those people's backsides is just good enough 鞭打她們的背就夠了 Byen Dah Tah Muhn Dug Bay Jo Go Lai (Pinyin: biāndǎ tāmen de bèi jìu gòu le).
  • Abracadabra-alakazam 天灵灵 地灵灵 / 天霛霛、地霛霛 (Pinyin: tiān líng líng, dì líng líng).
  • Accusing someone of lying, a ridiculous notion, or talking out of one's ass 放屁: Fahn Pi, literally "farting."
  • Agitate/flush someone out of hiding 打草惊蛇 / 打草驚蛇: Da Chow Jing Ser (Pinyin: dǎ cǎo jīng shé), literally "beating the grass to startle the snake."
  • Alas, not good, crud!, what a mess, too bad 糟糕: Jao Gao (Pinyin: zāo gāo), literally "spoiled cake."
  • All that's proper 所有的都适当 / 所有的都適當 (Pinyin: suǒyǒu de dōu shìdāng). Pronunciation: Suo-yo duh doh shr-dang
  • Alliance 联盟 / 聯盟: Lien Mohn (Pinyin: lián méng).
  • Do we have an understanding? Do you get it? 懂了吗? / 懂了嗎?: Dohn luh mah (Pinyin: dǒng le ma).
  • Ass, bottom, posterior 屁股: Pi Gu. (Pronunciation: Pee-goo)
  • Attributing an unfortunate longshot occurrence 夜路走多了总会见鬼 / 夜路走多了總會見鬼: Yeh Lu Jwo Duo Luh Jwohn Whei Jian Guay (Pinyin: yè lù zǒu duō le zǒng huì jiàn guǐ), literally "do enough nighttime travels and one will eventually see a ghost"; also a warning of future retribution.
  • Awesome or extraordinarily clever 高棍: Gao Guhn, literally "high pole."

BEdit

  • Baboon's ass crack 狒狒屁股: Feh Feh Pi Goh.
  • Bastard, jerk 混蛋: Hwen Dan, literally "rotten egg."
  • Big boss or operator of a business 老闆,老闆娘: Lao Bahn; Lao Bahn Niang for female boss or proprietor's wife. Also informal appellation for acquaintances.
  • Big brother 哥 / 哥哥 / 大哥: Ghuh or Ghuh-Ghuh, the former is more intimate and connotes blood relation: Da-ghuh means "big brother" or "leader"
  • Big change 大變化: Da Bianhua.
  • Big sister 姊姊: Jieh or Jieh-jieh.
  • Big stupid pile of stinking meat 一大堆笨臭肉: Yi Da Dwei Bun Chou Roh.
  • Blessings on you, dear sister 祝福你、妹妹: Zhufu Ni, Mei-Mei. (Pronunciation: Tzoo-foo nee, mei-mei.)
  • Blindside or conspire against someone secretly 放冷箭: Fang Leng Jian, literally "shoot a cold arrow."
  • Bottoms up 乾杯: Gan Beyh, literally "dry cup."
  • Brilliant 精彩: Jing tsai
  • Browncoat: (slang for soldiers of Independent) Jone Yee.

CEdit

  • Cheap Goods (Cheap Whore or Bitch) 賤貨: Jien Huo.
  • Check at once 馬上檢查: Ma Shong Jien Cha.
  • Cheering or urging someone on 加油: Jah Yoh, literally "add fuel," equivalent of "go (name)!" in English.
  • Choose the wrong method to handle a situation 抱薪救火: Bao Xin Jiu Huo, literally "bring wood to put out a fire."
  • Come in 請進: Ching Jin. Actual Chinese means "Please enter."
  • Commit blunder of great magnitude: Bie Woo Lohng.
  • Complete disarray or sheer pandemonium 天翻地覆: Tian Fan Di Fu, literally "sky tumbles while earth turns over."
  • Completely useless 天地無用: Tian Di Wu Yowng
  • Congratulations 恭喜: Gohn Shi.
  • Conniving or scheming person 鬼頭鬼腦: Guay Toh Guay Nown, literally "ghost head and ghost brain."
  • Cool 酷: Ku.
  • Oh, crap 糟糕: Tzao Gao (literally "messy cake").
  • Crap, shit 狗屎: Go shi
  • Crazy, go crazy 瘋了: Feng Le (Pronunciation: Fong luh)
  • Crazy dog in love with its own feces 愛吃自己的糞[的]狗: Ai Chr Jze Se Duh Fohn Diang Gho.
  • Cursing 罵髒話: Ma Jung Hwa, literally "chastise with dirty words."
  • Cute 可愛: Kuh Ai.

DEdit

  • Damn or damn it 他媽的/該死/阿呀: 他媽的 Ta Ma Duh (literally "his mother's..."), 該死 Gai Si, 唉呀 Ai Ya.
  • Dangerous person or animal 危險動物: Wei Shian Dohn Woo.
  • Dangly piece of flesh 戰抖的一塊肉: Zhan Dou De Yi Kuai Rou. (Pronunciation: Jan-doh duh ee-kwai-ro)
  • Daydream or wishful thinking 白日夢: Bai Rih Mohn.
  • Dear god in heaven 我的天阿: Wo De Tian A. (Pronunciation: Wuh de tyen ah).
  • Demon woman 妖女: Yao Nu.
  • Deserving of bad consequence or fate, "You asked for it!" "That's what you get!" 活該: Hwo Gai.
  • Despicable 可惡: Kuh Wu.
  • Dirty bastard sons-of—王八蛋: Wang Ba Dan. (Pronunciation: Wang bao dahn).
  • Do something for nothing in return, or wasted endeavour without a payoff 義演: Yee Yan, literally "a charity show."
  • Dog-fucking 狗操的: Gou cao de. (Pronunciation: Go tsao de)
  • Done for or imminent doom, screwed 完蛋: Wong Dahn, literally "finished (cooked) egg."
  • Don't worry 放心: Fang Xin. (Pronunciation: Fahng-sheen)
  • Down payment: Shi Yan.
  • Dumbass 蠢: Chwen, descriptive, literally "retarded."

EEdit

  • Earthshaking: Jing Tian Dwohn Di, literally "startle the sky and shake the earth."
  • Engage in a feces-hurling contest with a monkey 跟猴子比丟屎: G'en Ho Tze Bi Dio Se (Pronunciation: Gun hoe-tze bee dio-se)
  • Enough of this nonsense 夠荒[ ]: Go Hwong Tong.
  • Everybody, shut the hell up 你們都閉嘴: Ni Men Dou Bi Zui.
  • Everyone in the 'Verse 天下所有的人 "All people under Heaven": Tian Xia Suo You De Ren.
  • Everything under the sky, "All under Heaven" 天下: Tian Shia, can be used to allude to the world or universe.
  • Excrement 米田共: Mi Tian Gohn, slang, derives from the fact that when you stack the three characters - "mi" (rice), "tian" (paddy), and "gohn" (public or mutual) - from top to bottom in that order, they form the ideograph for excrement.
  • Explosive diahrrea of an elephant 大象拉屎: Da Shiong La Se La Ch'Wohn Tian.
  • Extraordinarily impatient Buddha: Zhen Mei Nai Xin De Fo Zu. (Pronunciation: Jen mei nai-shing duh fwo-tzoo)

FEdit

  • Fear nothing but (fill in the blank) 天不怕、地不怕、只怕 _____: Tian Bu Pa, Di Bu Pa, Tze Pa...
  • Fellow, bloke 傢伙: Ja Hwo, also slang for weapon.
  • Female companion or girlfriend: Ma Tze, a somewhat derogatory slang; add Dow in front for "looking to get a girlfriend."
  • Filthy fornicators of livestock: Ung Jeong Jia Ching Jien Soh.
  • Fire! 開火,放火: Kai Huo (as in "open fire"), Fuhn Huo (as in cooking fire).
  • Fire at will or terminate with extreme prejudice: Dai Kai Sa Jeh, meaning "breaking the Buddhist vow against killing."
  • Flat-chested 荷包蛋: Hur Bao Duhn (Pinyin: he bao dan), slang, literally "eggs cooked sunny side up."
  • Foiled or ruined at the last moment 熟鴨飛天: Soh Ya Feh Tian, expression, literally "a cooked duck flies away."
  • Fool 傻瓜: Sha Gwa (Pinyin: shǎ guā), literally "stupid melonhead."
  • Friend, pal, buddy 朋友: Puhn Yoh (Pinyin: péng you).
  • Frog-humping son of a bitch: 青蛙操的流氓 Qing Wa Cao De Liu Mang. (Pronunciation: Ching-wah tsao duh liou mahng)
  • Fuck you. Damn everyone in the 'verse. 你他妈的,天下所有的人该死 / 你他媽的, 天下所有的人都該死: Ni Ta Ma De, Tian Xia Suo You De Ren Dou Gai Si.

GEdit

  • Gang or faction leader: Da Gher Da for male, Da Jeh Da for female, slang.
  • Garbage 垃圾: Luh Suh (Pinyin: lā jī; southern dialect: lè sè).
  • Get bold or audacious: 放胆 Fahn Dahn (Pinyin: fàng dǎn), literally "release courage."
  • Get lost 快走開: Kwai Jio Kai (Pinyin: kuài zǒu kāi).
  • Go all out, hold nothing back 拼命: Ping Ming, literally "fight for one's life."
  • Go far away very fast: 快去很远的地方/ 快去很遠的地方 (Pinyin: kuài qù hen yuan de dì fāng). Pronunciation: Kwai chur hun-rien duh di fahng
  • Go to hell 去死: Chiu Se, literally "go die."
  • Good or okay 好: How.
  • Good journey or bon voyage 一路順風: Yi Lu Shwen Fohn.
  • Good luck 祝好運: Joo How Rin.
  • Greetings, hello there 你好: Ni How.

HEdit

  • Handsome 帥: Shwai
  • Happy development or fortuitous turn of event: How Shi Sung Chung, literally "a good show's about to start," can be used sarcastically.
  • Have desires above one's social / financial position, or beyond one's ability to realize 癩蛤蟆想吃天鵝肉: Lai Huh Moh Sheong Tze Tian Uh Zoh, literally "for a toad to think of eating a swan."
  • He or she 他、他的 / 她、她的 / 他們、他們的: Tah, tah-duh for his or hers, tah-muhn for them, tah-munh-duh for theirs.
  • Heal: Chou.
  • Heaven knows what 天曉得: Tian Xiao De. (Pronunciation: Tyen shiao duh)
  • Hell: Guai.
  • Hey! 喂!: Wei. (Pronunciation: Way!)
  • Holy testicle Tuesday: Shun Sheng Duh Gao Wahn.
  • Homewrecking tramp 狐狸精: Hu Li Jing, lit. "fox spirit."
  • How are you? 你好嗎?: Ni Hao ma
  • Hump: Gun.
  • Hurry up, faster 趕快: Gan Kwai.

IEdit

  • I, or me 我: Wo (me), wo-duh (mine) pronounced "wuh"
  • I don't believe my eyes! 我不相信我的眼睛: Wo Bu Siang Seeng Wo Der Yen Jing.
  • I neither see nor hear you... 我對你不聼不見: Wo Dwei Nee Bu Ting Bu Jian.
  • I will close my ears and my heart and I will be a stone: Wo Siang Mei Er, Mei Seeng, Byen Shi To.
  • I/you saw his ghost 見他的鬼: Jian Ta De Gui. (Pronunciation: Jien tah duh guay)
  • Idiot, moron 笨蛋 / 蠢豬: Buhn Dahn, literally "stupid egg," or Chwen Joo, literally "retarded pig."
  • Idiots. All of you. 你們都是傻瓜: Ni Men Dou Shi Sha Gua.
  • I'm fucked 我肏: Wo Cao.
  • Impossible 不可能: Bu Kuh Nuhn.
  • Impressive display or visage but no substance 大槍無彈: Da Chiang Wu Dahn, literally "big gun, no bullet."
  • In someone's doghouse 冷宮: Luhn Gohn, literally "a cold palace," which is where an emperor confines those concubines who have fallen out of favor.
  • In that case, never mind 那沒關係: Nah Mei Guan Shee.
  • Is that so?/Oh, really? 是嗎?: Shi Ma?

JEdit

  • Jesus 耶穌: Yeh Su. (Pronunciation: Yeh-soo)
  • Junk 廢物: Fey Wu. (Pronunciation: Fei-oo)
  • Jiang Jong Guo Hua: (講中國話) Like a True Spacer (lit. "Speak Chinese")
  • Just our luck, what terrible luck 真倒黴: Zhen Dao Mei. (Pronunciation: Jen dao mei)

KEdit

LEdit

  • Leader of a criminal operation 蛇頭: Sher Toh, literally "snakehead," derogatory.
  • Leave one to his own fate: Tze Sh'un Tze Mieh.
  • Let me repeat myself 我再講一次: Wo Jai Jiang Yi Chi.
  • Let's see how we're going to die! 看我們怎麽死吧!: Kan Wo Men Zen Me Si Ba!
  • Let's take a deep breath. 一起深呼吸: Yi Chi Shen Hu Xi. (Pronunciation: Ee-chee shung-hoo-shee.)
  • Life support failure: Shuhn Ming Shi T'wohn Gu Jong.
  • Like hell 見他的鬼: Jien Ta Duh Guay, literally "see his ghost."
  • Little brother 弟/弟弟: Di or Di-Di.
  • Little sister 妹/妹妹: Mei or Mei-Mei.
  • Long time no see 好久不見: How Jiu Bu Jian.
  • Oh, Lord/Oh, God: Lao Tien Fu. (Pronunciation: Lao tien foo)

MEdit

  • Male companion or boyfriend: Kai Tze, also a somewhat derogatory slang.
  • Manipulate, or playing someone for a fool: Swa.
  • Merciful Buddha protect us: Rung Tse Fwo Tzoo Bao Yo Wuo Muhn.
  • Merciful God please take me away: Rung Tse Song Di Ching Dai Wuo Tzo.
  • Merciless hell: Ai Yah Tien Ah.
  • Mind your own business: Gwan Ni Tze Jee Dah Shr. (Pronunciation: Gwon nee ju jee du shu)
  • Miss: Shao Jeh, literally "little lady." Follows a name when addressing a known person, so River would be addressed as Tam River shao jeh, or simply Tam shao jeh.
  • Mister: Shian Shen, literally "born before me," also follows a person's name.
  • Monkey raping: Cheong Bao Ho Tze.
  • Monkey's ass: Ho Tze Duh Pi Gu.
  • Mother of god: Wuh De Ma.
  • Motherless goat of all motherless goats: Mei Yong Ma Duh Tse Gu Yong.
  • Muddled, mixed-up, confused: Wu Toh Wu Now, literally "without a head or a brain."
  • Motherfucker: Ta Ma Duh.
  • Mother-humping son of a bitch: Ta Ma De Hun Dan.
  • My ass is fucked: Wo Pi Gu Cao.
  • My Buddha-ancestor: Wo De Fo Zu.
  • My wife is not pretty!: Wo Tai Tai Bu Piao Liang.

NEdit

  • No problem: Mei Wen Ti.
  • No work (to be found) at all: Me Gong Zuo Dou Mei You.
  • Nonsense: Fei Hua, literally 'crap talk.'
  • Not advised: Jwohn Gao Bu Yi.
  • Not enough: Bu Goh, or Hai Bu Goh for "not enough yet."
  • Not keeping a rendezvous: Fahn Gher Tze, literally "release a pigeon" but insinuating not picking up the bird at the destination.
  • Now, immediately, right away: Ma Shan (Mandarin), Ma Siong (Cantonese).
  • Nuts: Shiang Jing Ping or just Shiang Jing; Fuh Shiang Jing for "going nuts."
  • Nurse (as the profession, not the verb): Hu Shi.

OEdit

  • Oddball or a goof: Chai Neow.
  • Of course 當然: Dahn rahn.
  • Oh Lord, you clearly know I'm helping do your Work, so why do you find me trouble? 主阿,你明明知道我是幫你做事,又何必找我麻煩呢?: Zhu Ah, Ni Ming Ming Zhi Dao Wo Shi Bang Ni Zuo Shi, You He Bi Zhao Wo Ma Fan Ne?
  • Oh my God 我的天阿: Wou Duh Tian Ah.
  • Old 老: Lao.
  • Old man / husband 老公: Lao Gohng.
  • Old woman / wife 老婆: Lao Puo.
  • Old friend, you're looking lively. 佬朋友,你看起來很有精神: Lao Peng You, Ni Kan Chi Lai Hen You Jing Shen, literally "Old friend, you're looking full of spirit." (Pronunciation: Lao pung yo nee can chi lai hun yo jing shen.)
  • One more cup of that brand, please: Qing Zai Lai Yi Bei Na Kapei.
  • One must be ruthless to be a great man: Wu Du Bu Juhn Fu, lit. "a person without poison is not a great man."
  • Ordinarily useless 經常沒用的: Jing Chang Mei Yong De. (Pronunciation: Jing tzahng mei yong duh)
  • Outdo someone or doing one better: Dao-Gao-Yee-Chi Moh-Gao-Yee-Juhn, expression, literally "the solution advances a yard, the problem advances a mile."
  • Over my dead body 除非我死了: Choo fay wuh sih leh, lit. "only if I die first"

PEdit

  • Pal: Lao Sheong if addressee's older, Lao Di if younger; used for men only. P'n Yoh for "friend."
  • Panda piss: 熊猫尿 / 熊貓 尿Xiong Mao Niao. (Pronunciation: Shiong mao niao)
  • Pathetic wretch: Bei Bi Shiou Ren, literally "shameless dirty little person."
  • Penis: Ji Ba, slang. (Pronunciation: Jee-ba)
  • Peon, small fry, a nobody: Wu Ming Shao Jwu, literally "nameless little foot soldier."
  • Prehistoric: Lao Deow Ya, lit. "Old toothless one."
  • Pig's sty: Joo Fuen Chse.
  • Pile of sun-baked dog poo: 日烧狗屎饼 Ri shao gou shi bing.
  • Piss-soaked pikers: Niao Se Duh Du Gwai.
  • Piss washed: Xi Niao. (Pronunciation: Shee niao)
  • Plain, bland, bare: Yong Chwen Mien, slang taken from the namesake generic, flavorless noodle dish.
  • Please be quiet: 请安静一点 / 請安靜一點 Ching Ahn Jing Yi Dien (Pinyin: qing an jing yi dian).
  • Pledge (promise): 誓言 Shi Yan.
  • Pool of excrement: F'n Zse, can be used in an expression for "deep crap."
  • Pool of pig droppings: Joo Fuen Chse.
  • Precious, darling, sweetheart, treasure: 宝贝 / 寶貝 Bao Bei.
  • Pretty lady, hire me for the night and I'll open you like a flower: Piow Liang De Shao Ji, Nee Gu Wuo Hu Nee Shang Hao. Wuh Hwai Rong Nee Shung Kai Roo Hua.
  • Pretty lady, forget him and hire me: 漂亮的小姐,不理他,顾我 Piow Liang De Shao Jie, Bu Li Tah, Gu Wo...(Pinyin: piao liang de xiao jie, bu li ta, gu wo...)

QEdit

REdit

  • Real man: 男子汉 / 男子漢 Nuhn Tze Huhn (Pinyin: nan zi han)
  • Really dangerous: 危险 / 危險 Wei Shan (Pinyin: wei xian), more poetic, Wo Hu Chung Long, which is "crouching tiger, hidden dragon," an expression for something dangerous.
  • Really is a genius: 真的是天才 Zhen De Shi Tian Cai. (Pronunciation: Jen duh sh tyen tsai)
  • Redundant, unnecessary complicating something: Wua Ser Tian Jwoo, literally "draw a snake and add feet to it."
  • Remorseless harridan: Bu Hui Hen De Puo Fu. (Pronunciation: Boo hway-hun duh puo-foo)
  • Retreat, run away: Joi Weh Sung Chiuh, phrase summarizing the last of the Chinese "36 Stratagems," which extols the virtue of fleeing to fight another day.
  • Ridiculously strange, illogical or nonsensical: 莫名奇妙 Mo Min Chi Meow (Pinyin: mò míng qí miào), literally "not understanding the peculiarity."
  • Ruined, finished: 完蛋了 Wan Duhn Luh (Pinyin: wan dan le).
  • Ruthless or savage beast of a person: Ching Soh.

SEdit

  • Screw him/her running: Gun Ta Jwo Lu.
  • Screw you: Chwee Ni Duh, literally "eat yours."
  • Shameless hussy: Meh Lien Duh Jyah Jee, literally "faceless bastard prostitute."
  • Shiny, awesome, fantastic: Jahn!
  • Shit on my head: Ai Ya Jwai Leh.
  • Shit talk: Da Bian Hua.
  • Shut up: Bi Jweh.
  • Shut up and make us wealthy: Bi Jweh, Lung Wuo Mun Fah Tsai.
  • Shut up, you inconsiderate schoolboys: Bi Jweh Nein Hen Bu Tee Tyeh Duh Nan Shung.
  • Sir: Da Yeh. When used as a nobility, Nuhu Jwei following the name.
  • Smelled a fart: Wen Gua Pi. (Pronunciation: Wun gwa pee)
  • So guilty as to deserve a thousand deaths: Jwei Gai Won Se.
  • Soldier, fighter, warrior: Zhan Shi.
  • Son of a bitch: Wong Ba Duhn, or Go Neong Yung Duh for a more literal and vicious translation.
  • Son of a drooling whore and a monkey: Liu Kou Shui De Biao Zi He Hou Zi De Er Zi. (Pronunciation: Liou coe shway duh biao-tze huh hoe-tze duh ur-tze)
  • Speak now and quickly: Yo Hua Kwai Suo.
  • Speaking without a clue: Shiah Hwa, literally "blind talk."
  • Stop talking: Joo Koh.
  • Stuff all the planets in the universe into my ass: Tai Kong Suo You Di Xing Qui Dou Sai Jin Wo De Pi Gu. (Pronunciation: Tai-kong suo-yo duh shing-chiou doh sai-jin wuh dhu pee-goo.)
  • Stupid: Yu Bun Duh.
  • Stupid inbred stack of meat: Ben Tian Sheng De Yi Dui Rou. (Pronunciation: Bun tyen-shung duh ee-dway-ro)
  • Stupid son of a drooling whore and monkey: Lio Coh Jwei Ji Neong Hur Ho Deh Yung Duh Buhn Jah J'wohn.
  • Suicidal idea: Tze sah ju yi.
  • Surrender, give up: Toh Shung.
  • Swindle: Gwai.

TEdit

  • Take care, stay healthy 保重: Bao zhong, literally "maintain weight."
  • Talk nonsense: Shia Suo.
  • Thank you 謝謝: Xie xie. (Pronunciation: Sheh sheh)
  • That has nothing to do with it 那沒關係: Na Mei Guan Xi. (Pronunciation: Nah mei guan shee)
  • There's nothing about this plan that isn't horrific!: Juh Guh Jee Hua Juhn Kuh Pah!
  • Things never go smooth: How W'rin Bu Lai, Whai W'rin Bu Jwo.
  • This really is a happy holiday: Zhe Zhen Shi Ge Kuai Le De Jing Zhang. (Pronunciation: Juh jen sh guh kwai luh duh jean jan)
  • To throw in a monkeywrench: Gwai Ma Jeow, literally "twist a horse's legs (while it's galloping)."
  • Trouble, problem, complication 麻煩: Ma Fahn.
  • Tyrant, iron-fisted ruler 霸王: Ba Wong.

UEdit

  • Ugly or perverted person: Joo Bah Jeh, insult taken from the name of the hoggish, lecherous character in the popular Chinese folktale, "Journey to the West."
  • Understand: Dohn, dohn-ma for "understand?", dohn-luh-mah for "are we clear here?"
  • Urine: Niao.

VEdit

  • Very: Feh Chun.

WEdit

  • Wait / hold on a second: D'un Yi Shia.
  • Warning someone against doing things "the hard way": Jin Joh Bu Chi Chi Fah Joh, literally "choosing to sip the wine of penalty over that of respect."
  • Water: Swei.
  • We, us: Wuo Mun, Wuo Mun Duh for ours.
  • We will enjoy your silence now: Bai Tuo, Uhn Jin Tee Dien.
  • Weak-ass sauce: Lan Dan Jiang.
  • We're in big trouble: Ai Ya Wo Mun Wan Leh.
  • What: Shuh Muh?
  • What the hell is this crap?: Juh Shi Suh Mo Go Dohng Shee?

XEdit

YEdit

  • Yeah, right (No, it's not!) 才不是: Cai Bu Shi.
  • Yes 是: Shi.
  • You 你,你的: Ni, ni-duh for yours, ni-muhn for plural, ni-muhn-duh for plural possessive.
  • You don't deserve it: Ni Bu Ying Duh Jur Guh.
  • You wanna bullet right in your throat? 你要我開槍?: Nee Yow Wuo Kai Chiang? Chinese characters actually mean "Do you want me to start firing/open fire?"
  • You wanna die?: Nee Tzao Se Mah? 你找死吗?: lit. "Are you looking for death?"
  • Young lady, little miss 小妹妹: Xiao Mei Mei.
  • Young one 年輕的, 幼齒: Nyen Ching Duh, or Yo Chr, slang for underaged (literally "infant teeth.")
  • You're crazy 發狂: Fa Kuang.
  • You're hurt 你受傷了: Ni Shou Shang Le.
  • You're mad/insane 發瘋: Fa Feng.

ZEdit

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