Slang

All slang is metaphor, and all metaphor is poetry.
G. K. Chesterton

Table of Contents

Terminology and slang

Android
A body, especially a human body, grown using rapid maturation techniques, especially one embodying an artificial personality.
Clean scene
(cop slang) a crime scene from which all likely trace evidence has been removed or destroyed, either by the action of cleaning robot and self-cleaning surfaces , furnishings, and clothes, or by criminals' using No-Trace.
Comgadget
A cellular data unit, especially one with spurious functions.
Comsole
A data unit used for communications and information retrieval.
Dirty scene
a crime scene extensively contaminated by trace evidence of irrelevant activity, such as the presence of passers-by, from which no trace evidence of probative value can be recovered.
Dutysuit
A tough synthetic cloth, uncreasing, water-shedding, oil-repelling, and hard-wearing, used for Imperial Service uniforms, protective workwear, and as light armour for the limbs. In GURPS terms it is light nanoweave with self-cleaning properties having effects similar to buzzcloth.
Eugerione®
A life-extending treatment. Administered monthly, it halves the rate of aging.
Farmed fur
(derogatory slang) Imperial servants recruited from among the children of other Imperial servants, raised in Home Office crèches and boarding schools in IDJ.
Feds
(hostile slang) That bloc in the Senate of colonies that support the extension of Imperial power to promote civil rights and democratically responsible government, the establishment of settlements as democratic republics, the admission of democratic republics into the Senate, etc., and the subjection of the Imperial executive to democratic control. The "The Civil Rights Faction".
Flash
(slang, originally of the Imperial Maines and Imperial Navy) : shoot with a laser weapon or other beam weapon.
Flasher
Movie-underworld slang for a criminal gunman using a laser weapon. Alternative to 'lamp'. [in light of beam weapons not being a part of normal weaponry in the current incarnation of Flat Black, might be obsolete]
Foamie
(Marines slang) A foam-grenade, such as Imperial marines find to have 101 uses.
’Frame
An essentially stationary computer, with cable connections to power and data.
Habitat
A space station built for permanent habitation. Not all are Imperial, but much of IDJ consists of habitats.
Housekeeper
A swarm of small bioroids or genetically engineered animals that occupies a set of quarters and collects dirt, litter, debris. The housekeeper hive is a good place to look for lost cufflinks etc.
IDJ
Imperial Direct Jurisdiction. Those places where the Empire exercises sovereign or extraterritorial jurisdiction, and which are governed by the Home Office.
Impie
(Hostile slang) An Imperial servant or resident of IDJ.
Jackals
(derogatory slang) That bloc in the Senate of colonies that supports the extension of Imperial power, without reducing the independence of the Trust.
Lamp
Movie-underworld slang for a criminal gunman using a laser weapon. Alternative to 'flasher'. (in light of beam weapons not being a part of normal weaponry in the current incarnation of Flat Black, might be obsolete)
Levellers
(derogatory slang) That bloc in the Senate of colonies that propose the extension of Imperial power for the purpose of taxing rich colonies and subsidising poor ones.
Lissom™
a genetically engineered pet, something like ferret, and with very endearing habits.
LRA
('League of Repressive Autocratcies'—needless to say, hostile slang) That bloc in the Senate of colonies that oppose the extension of Imperial power, the establishment of settlements as democratic republics, the admission of democratic republics into the Senate, and any Imperial attempt to foster civil liberties, democratic or responsible government, etc. The "Colonies' Rights Faction".
Masks
Natives of Rohan, refers to their habit of wearing a face mask at all times.
Mink
(censorious slang of Imperial servants of colonial origins) Imperial servants who are fanatical and severely professional about their work but hedonistic and lascivious in their private life.
O'Neill
A large orbital habitat in the shape of a cylinder, spinning on its long axis to simulate gravity, hollow, and landscaped on the inside. They a differ in considerable detail from the originally-proposed O'Neill cylinders. Built to accommodate up to a few hundred thousand people in space.
Otterhound
(censorious slang of Imperial servants of colonial origins) a person with a sexual predilection for ‘mink’.
Palimpsest
A person who has had his or her personality erased and a new mind constructed, especially a rehabilitated felon.
Parallel
A quantum computer. They require supercooling.
Proshock
An emergency medical drug, used to treat shock or injury to the peripheral circulation. It cuts off blood supply to everything except the heart, lungs, and brain. A person treated with proshock and who does not receive treatment by a surgeon within twenty minutes of so may need everything replaced.
Pristine scene
(cop slang) a crime scene with undisturbed traces of the crime and free from contamination.
Residence
The headquarters of the Imperial Service in a given colony, usually amounting to a town built in an extraterritorial Imperial enclave alongside the [main] spaceport.
Residence-general
The headquarters of the Imperial Service in a system containing several colonies, usually amounting to a sizeable orbital habitat.
Resident
The chief Imperial official in a colony, responsible for quasi-diplomatic liaison with the colonial government and with co-ordinating authority over all bureaux of the colonial office in that colony.
Resident-general
The chief Imperial official on a world or in a system in which there are several colonies, responsible for co-ordinating the several residents.
Stanford
A classic “bicycle wheel” space station, substantially similar to the Stanford Torus originally proposed.
Stunt double
(cop slang) a dummy corpse, created using ‘android’ technology, used to fake a death.
Tracee
A cellular data unit, especially one designed and worn for hands-free use.
Visor
VR or (especially) augmented reality glasses, goggles, or faceplate, generally acting as the display of a worn (eg. pocket) computer, cameras etc..

Copyright © 2013 by Brett Evill