Writing a H:FY story... need some help.
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14-04-2015, 01:00 AM
RE: Writing a H:FY story... need some help.
Earth-man/Earth-woman/Earth-person ?

Can be said with appropriate disdain as in "You presume too much, Earthman"... or even be a title "The Representative of Earth, Earthwoman Lee".

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14-04-2015, 03:31 AM
RE: Writing a H:FY story... need some help.
Assuming that English will not be the dominant language in the future?

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14-04-2015, 03:40 AM
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(14-04-2015 03:31 AM)EvolutionKills Wrote:  Assuming that English will not be the dominant language in the future?

Shìrén - 'Earthing' in Mandarin (Chinese)

No man, hobbits come from the Shire...

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14-04-2015, 04:30 AM (This post was last modified: 14-04-2015 04:38 AM by Alex K.)
RE: Writing a H:FY story... need some help.
So the problem I have here: are you asking us to provide the English translation of what other races would say? As in, what would the star trek auto translator spew out when they utter it? I'm still unclear about your philosophy regarding that.

The only idea I have to circumvent the language/cultural barrier, one that even seems very plausible to me, is that they might use an onomatopoeic name, i.e. imagine that they, upon first encountering us, would describe us by one of the typical sounds we make. It would only require that they somehow perceive vibrations in that frequency range (or if not, might transpose the acoustics into their range). One proposal for a name would be "Hahaha".

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14-04-2015, 05:19 AM
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(14-04-2015 04:30 AM)Alex K Wrote:  So the problem I have here: are you asking us to provide the English translation of what other races would say? As in, what would the star trek auto translator spew out when they utter it? I'm still unclear about your philosophy regarding that.

The only idea I have to circumvent the language/cultural barrier, one that even seems very plausible to me, is that they might use an onomatopoeic name, i.e. imagine that they, upon first encountering us, would describe us by one of the typical sounds we make. It would only require that they somehow perceive vibrations in that frequency range (or if not, might transpose the acoustics into their range). One proposal for a name would be "Hahaha".

I dunno... "Zomg Ow WTF?" isn't a very flattering name for a species...

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14-04-2015, 05:59 AM
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(14-04-2015 05:19 AM)morondog Wrote:  I dunno... "Zomg Ow WTF?" isn't a very flattering name for a species...

You mean if aliens land and the first thing they find are a bunch of valley girls? Big Grin
Let's hope we're not that unlucky.

Still better than Ford Prefect though...

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14-04-2015, 06:03 AM
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Go for comedy.....

Assume that some words in an alien language sound a bit like English words(or other earth languages)...


"Twats" might be nice....

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14-04-2015, 07:30 AM
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Houstonians/Citizens of Planet Houston
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I am very dissapointed nobody mentioned this before me...

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14-04-2015, 07:44 AM
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14-04-2015, 08:19 AM
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more likely: Tasty meat popsicles

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