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'Earthisms' to be avoided, and their alternatives

Discussion in 'Fan Fiction and Writing Resource' started by solojones, May 2, 2004.

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  1. Jedi_Eva

    Jedi_Eva Jedi Youngling star 1

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    May 14, 2005
    I once read a fanfic where the SW prequel crew visited earth....all I can say is that the fic was very....strange. All the characters(including the canon characters) were talking slang. It was "funny" to read Obi-Wan sayin gthings like, "Yo, dude."
     
  2. Alethia

    Alethia Jedi Master star 5

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    And all us Americans rejoice...

    I used Rosari to describe roses on Alderaan, daisri for daises and cytera for wisteria...

    Usually for stuff like that, I just mess around with letters so that the names are similar, but still have a GFFA feel to them. I don't think there are many Alderaan roses around *grins*
     
  3. spiritgurl

    spiritgurl Jedi Padawan star 4

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    I'm glad this popped up.

    What the heck should I call the scientific name for humans? **** sapiens? Or is there a more Star Warsy term?

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  4. Exeter

    Exeter Jedi Master star 4

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    Sapiens would be good, so would hominid, which would be broader and account for humans in the Star Wars universe who might be imperceptably different from **** sapiens. Good question, though! I think either of those two could work well, unless you wanted to simply invent an entirely new label for them.
     
  5. spiritgurl

    spiritgurl Jedi Padawan star 4

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    I guess I can't write **** sapiens since the first part of it gets starred out here. :p

    Anywho, good suggestions, thanks. I'll likely go with one of those unless I or someone here somehow comes up with a term that's been used in the EU. :-B

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  6. Juliet316

    Juliet316 Chosen One star 10

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    I checked with [hl=black]Healer Leona[/hl]and she said the use of the word HomoSapiens in the context of the way it's currently being discussed is fine.

    Edit: and if it gets starred out this time, just use H. Sapiens. Most people know what your talking about :)
     
  7. Exeter

    Exeter Jedi Master star 4

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    Actually, I like just "sapiens" anyway. It has a slight SW sound to it, and it doesn't rip the reader out of the story with a direct reference to a genus name. Up to you of course spiritgurl, but it seems like a fine way to go to me.
     
  8. spiritgurl

    spiritgurl Jedi Padawan star 4

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    well I should hope it would be fine to use that word in this context. ;) That's why I was sort of amused and surprised by the fact that it was starred out. :p At first I was like... hey! I didn't say anything bad! :eek:

    While I do understand why that's starred, I have a question, why is it starred here but not in other boards at the JC? I mean, I decided to use the search for the word sapiens to see if there were any other threads at the JC about the question I asked and I actually came up with boards that did not have the ****

    Back to my original question, well... I think I might make something new up anything just to get away from the Latin.

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