Al Amarjan Slang
Al Amarja has some unique slang. Total Taxi provides this guide to Al Amarjan argot as a courtesy to their customers.
Barrio One of the sectors or neighborhoods in the Edge, taking the name of the plaza around which the neighborhood is located. E.g., the Sunken Barrio encircles the Sunken Plaza. Barrios are often simply referred to by the name of the plaza, as in "Sad Mary's is in Flowers."
Bennie One who works for a patron.
Black Firearms(s), esp. in the phrase "to carry black" (to go armed).
Bruno A thug, esp. a thug for hire.
Burger Newcomers to the Al Amarja. "Burger" is both singular and plural.
Deep Spiked with depressants, as in "deep coffee."
Jumped Spiked with stimulants, as in "jumped coffee."
Maalesh No sweat, don't worry, take it easy, relax, chill out, etc.
Martian Al Amarjan (shortened and corrupted form).
Normal Someone who does not take part in the Al Amarjan lifestyle.
Pube An adolescent who has legally acquired the status of an adult.
Ractol A fringe scientist, from Susan R'Actol, creator of the Androsynth.
Rimmer An Ahrimite. Don't call them this to their faces.
Scarab A newcomer to Al Amarja, "burger"; because the scarab beetle eats dung.
Starver An artist, especially an independent one.
Ugly Someone deformed by genetic misfortune.
Willie Slave; all slaves on Al Amarja are voluntary slaves.
Zero A worthless, hopeless person.
Words for "Yes"
The street speech of Al Amarja includes several forms of the word "yes", adopted from a different ancient Human languages (before the adoption of Universe as the official Imperial language). Each is used to convey a slightly different connotation of the word.
Da Used to convey sadness, depression, and hopelessness.
Hai Used to convey efficiency and polite, formal acknowledgement among business circles.
Ja Used by an inferior to convey acknowledgement of a superior's higher status. Similar to "yes sir" in common Imperial usage.
Oui Used for romance, often as "oui oui."
Si Used to convey grudging agreement, often as "si si si."
Yes Standard "yes."
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