Resource Earth Words and Their Star Wars Equivalents - a helpful index for writers

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  1. DarthThesaurus Jedi Youngling

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    This thread is intended to help writers find a Star Wars equivalent to every day earth terms. Don't you hate sitting there for an hour trying to remember if there is a Star Wars word for a bee? :p

    It will list only words used in ?official? Star Wars books, comics, etc. Please don?t add words that you have created for use in your own stories. This is only for Star Wars, not other science fiction works. If you come across a term that is an equivalent for an earth term, just post it here and we?ll add it to the official list the next time I update.

    This will not include alternatives for swear words, which you can find [link=]Here[/link]

    Also remember that the [link=]Fan Fiction Index[/link] has a lot of helpful links.
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  2. DarthThesaurus Jedi Youngling

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    air conditioner = cooling unit
    ant - garnant or myrmin
    Bandaid - Bactapatch
    bathroom ? refresher, or ?fresher
    batteries = power cells
    Bed- Sleep Couch
    bees- honeydarters
    binoculars ? electrobinoculars, can also be macrobinoculars, also electrobinoculars
    birthday ? Naming Day
    black-and-white (as in old movie or TV show) = monochromatic
    blender - sonicblender
    cafe/bar - tapcaf
    caffeine pill - stimpill
    camera - holocam
    Cappachino - StimCaf
    Chat Rooms = HoloChat Rooms
    clock- chrono
    coffee - caf
    concrete- duracrete of ferrocrete
    Credit card- credcard
    Diamonds - chrysopaz
    dice- chance cubes
    Disk - Datacard
    Doctor- Medic or Healer
    drug dealers = slythmongers
    duct tape = space tape
    electric plug = power recharge socket/recharge power coupling
    First Aid Kit- Medpack
    Flashlight- Glow rod
    forklift-binary loadlifter

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  3. DarthThesaurus Jedi Youngling

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    glass - transparisteel
    godparents - Hold-parents
    gum - Chew stick
    hacker - Slicer (Computers)
    handcuffs- binders
    Hospital- Medcenter
    ID card - Identicard
    jack (for lifting) - hydrojack
    Jazz music - Jizz music
    Jazz band - Jizz wailers
    Jolt! Cola - Stimfizz Can keep a person up for nearly 2 standard days
    Kevlar = armorweave
    lamp/lightbulb (flat?) = lumapanel

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  4. DarthThesaurus Jedi Youngling

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    money -credits
    motorcycle - swoop/speederbike
    movie - holodocumetary/holodrama
    novel - Holonovel
    On/off button = activator panel/button
    Pajamas - Sleep-suit... or Sleep-pants for the guys
    palm pilot = datapad
    paper - flimsiplast
    PDA = datapad
    photograph = holograph or holo
    pistol- slug thrower (see also, rifle)
    plastic - plasteel
    Plug- Power Socket
    Poker- Sabaac
    rabbit- hoojib
    radio/TV/cell phone antenna = signal receptor/reception antenna
    rain poncho = rain cloak
    rifle- slug thrower (see also, pistol)
    rifle scope/crosshairs = rangefinder

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  5. DarthThesaurus Jedi Youngling

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    Scissors- cutters
    Spanner ? Hydrospanner
    Standard day= 24 hours
    Standard week= 5 days.
    Standard month= 35 standard days
    Standard year(Coruscant) about ten standard months.
    steel - durasteel
    tiger -vine tiger
    vacuum cleaner/Dustbuster = sandstat (Tattooine)
    video/movie - holovid
    vinyl = synthleather
    walkie talkie/communications devices - commlink
    Watch - Wristchrono
    wheelchair = mechno-chair (maybe the un-fancy Tatooine version of Yoda's hover-chair)
    Windows (on spacecraft) - Viewport
    windshield = windscreen
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  6. DarthThesaurus Jedi Youngling

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    This section is for the SW equivalents of common Earth phrases


    Wild goose chase - wild bantha chase
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  7. EmilieDarklighter Jedi Master

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    I've seen "reporters" or "paparazzi" referred to as "holoshills" before. I'm pretty sure that came from profic, too. Might wanna check though.
  8. Master_Tigris_Leigh Jedi Youngling

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    This is extremely helpful, thank you for starting this thread. I was just wondering about the SW equivalents to a few earth objects earlier today! :)
  9. Knight-Ander Jedi Padawan

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    Zahn's "Alliance" had quite a few equivalent words if you want to look through that for more. I don't have my copy with me at the moment, else I'd mention them.[face_blush]
  10. Persephone_Kore Jedi Master

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    I think Watto might dispute equating "credits" with "money" there... ;)

    Do you have any suggestions for words such as sadistic, maudlin, or quisling?
  11. Earthknight Jedi Padawan

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    This is EXTREMELY helpful. I wish I found this sooner.
  12. Fanficfan Jedi Youngling

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    Just because I'm a little pain in the behind...

    The Mechno-chair isn't the gffa equivilent of a wheelchair, it's a status symbol in Nemoidian society. It raises the rider above others, showing their higher position in society. They're highly uncomfortable though.
    In the novelisation of Episode 2, Cliegg Lars is noted as using using a hoverchair.

    Credits is probably a better swap for dollars. It's the most common form of currency in the Republic but many worlds still have their own currencies.

    Birthdays have also been refered to as "lifedays" (in Starfighters of Adumar)

    Diamonds are still refered to as diamonds in the Bacta War.

    Luma panels are also refered to as glow panels.

    Cred cards also called cred-chips or credit sticks. Also cred account.

    That's all I've spotted so far. I'll be sure to be irritating if I see any more.

  13. VaderLVR64 Manager Emeritus

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    Part of the problem here is lack of continuity in the EU itself. :p

    In the novelisation of Episode 2, Cliegg Lars is noted as using using a hoverchair.

    And in Truce at Bakura, Luke uses a repulsor chair. Sighs...
  14. Earthknight Jedi Padawan

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    ^Hmm...maybe that's just a sign of improved technology. The repulsor chair must be a more advanced version of a hover chair. Or their just the same thing.
  15. lazykbys_left Jedi Padawan

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    A word of warning: please do not think that the words on the list are the only ones that can be used. It's a big GFFA, filled with many things for which Basic has no word for. Feel free to come up with your own words.

    Frankly, the list is misleading in many ways. For example:

    There are more [link=] tigers[/link] in the GFFA than vine tigers.
    [link=] Hoojibs[/link] shouldn't be used as a substitute for rabbits unless those rabbits are sapient.
    While [link=] spice[/link] is a drug, not all drugs are spice.
    [link=] Sabaac[/link] is Poker and Blackjack rolled into one and, given the rules of the game, I'm more inclined towards Blackjack.
    As Fanficfan pointed out, diamonds are diamonds are not [link=] chrysopaz[/link], which seems to be an entirely different gemstone in its own right.

    And so long as I'm ranting . . . my impression of a holonovel is more a movie than a book. I mean, do you actually need 3D for text-based stories? Even with illustrations?

    Also -

    DarthThesaurus :This section is for the SW equivalents of common Earth phrases

    Please go through KW Jeter's Bounty Hunter Wars trilogy with a notebook and a pen. If you haven't given up by the end of the first book, you're a better being than I.

    - lazy
  16. ardavenport Jedi Master

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    On another thread, someone asked about what they use to prepare food in the GFFA and I was wondering about that, too. 'Autochef' came up, but I don't know what that is. Sounds like a droid. The only cooking I recall in the movies is Beru in ANH and Yoda in TESB. What does the book say Beru is using? Yoda is easy; it's still called 'fire' in the GFFA.:) What other things do people use to cook with?
  17. Tizzel Jedi Youngling

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    This is very helpful.
  18. palpyisgod2 Jedi Master

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    what's the GFFA Equiv. for stockholm syndrome?
  19. Exeter Jedi Master

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    Sorry, I just found that hilarious.

    I don't believe there is an official SW equivalent, but since the term was named after a hostage incident in Stockholm, Sweden, I don't think there's any reason why you can't do the same and come up with your own name.

    "Coronet Syndrome" or "Mos Eisley Syndrome," that sort of thing. Be creative!
  20. VaderLVR64 Manager Emeritus

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    Autochef is from the Death in.... series by J.D. Robb. :p
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  21. ShadowofLures Jedi Master

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    ok, as this is the place for where helpful stuff begins, I thought I'd throw my problems at it and see what happens:

    what is denim? syringe? and doorknob?

    I know "doorknobs" are really the little keypads next to the doors, what then what are the keypads called? I know there's a special name for it, I just don't know what it is. :D

    -Lures @};-
  22. Darth_Manion Jedi Youngling

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    Feb 5, 2007
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    I call the door keypads "activation panels" :-B

    This thread is actually very useful...I'm coming back here more often.

    It got me thinking...what is the equivalent of TV in a galaxy far, far away? And what kind of shows would they watch?
  23. 1Yodimus_Prime Jedi Master

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    Mar 13, 2004
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    (was wondering when this thread would get made)

    OK, some notes: 'Star Wars Equivalents' is poetic license. Nothing in the GFFA is ever truly equatable to an Earthly person, place, or thing.

    Take Denim, to use Ms. Lures as my unwitting example. Denim is an Earth fabric that is weaved from cotton - an Earth plant - in a very specific manner. It is certainly likely that there is some legwear floating around the GFFA with a similar roughness or texture of what we'd call "Denim", but as there is no cotton to be found in the GFFA, this particular piece of apparell could never really be Denim, nor even a synonym of Denim. It would merely be a form of clothing that, for whatever reason, happens to contain one or two Denim-like characteristics.

    In that same vein, I implore you all to be warey of the Main List. Simply because it says 'this' = 'that' does not necessarily mean that the GFFA word-in-question is exactly, or even partially, equal to the Earth word-in-question. They are merely ways to help you get across a basic idea through large brush strokes. Any attempt at a more detailed inspection will inevitably (and should, to be honest) collapse any and all comparable similarities between the two objects.

    I just wanted to throw that out there before we continued. It's an easy thing to forget.
    That said, if anyone out there does know the GFFA equivalent of Denim, I'd also love to know :p
  24. Ewok-Kenobi Jedi Padawan

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    what is a tent called in star wars?
  25. 1Yodimus_Prime Jedi Master

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    Well the word "tent" is extremely basic. So basic, in fact, that the orginal meaning is essentially the same as the current meaning: "portable shelter of skins or cloths stretched over poles" - attested to in English as far back as 1297. Super basic words like this do not tend to require an 'equivalent'. So I think, without even doing any real research on the EU end, it's safe to say that in Star Wars, a "tent" is called a "tent" :p

    That said, if ya wanna get fancy, here are some words that convey 'tent' in a different, less modern-Englishy manner:

    marquee (large tent)
    pavilion (very large tent)
    proscenium (entrance to a tent <-archaic use)
    barrack (military <-archaic use. As a group, could be refered to as a bivouac)
    ramada (spanish influence. similar to 'pavilion')
    skene (greek, meaning 'tent' in reference to a booth or temporary place of business)
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