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~1) By extension, any self-sustaining magical pattern. Inanimate objects (and locations) do not inherently possess that feedback loop that living creatures do, but over time, living creatures can leave lasting impressions based on their interactions with the thing/place.
**time window (n)**. ##Uncommon.## //Mages.//
~1) A form of indirect scrying invented late in the decade of the 2000s that uses __resonance__ to construct visual images from the past of an object or location. It can only pick up the strongest impressions left on the item/area, but its usefulness in those cases outweighs its unpredictability. Typically limited to somewhere between hours and years (depending on strength of impression and further human interaction) -- but in a few cases where strong emotions were accumulated, and the area was then isolated from further resonance changes, this can reach back 1,000 years or more.


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**All words here are from WITHIN the setting**; don't add something to the list unless you might hear it from a TTU character.
~1) ##Pervasive.## A large __mythic__ __theri__, quadrupedal with reptilian characteristics, that fits the standard "dragon" mythological archetype (of either Eastern or Western varieties).
~1) **Dragon (n)**. ##Common.## //Mages.// A __thaumometer__. Derivation: Dragon Industries is their most well-known manufacturer.
~1) **(v)** To answer a question via the magitech Web search engine DWIM. Usage of "dwim" or "dwiv" is much the same as "to Google" in our world (n.b.: in TTU, Google does not exist).
**LGBTS (n)**. ##Common.##
~1) The post-Changes LGBT: Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, __Shiftgender__.
**ping (v)**. ##Uncommon.## //Mages.//
~1) To teleport. Backderived from __ping timeout__.
**resonance (n)**. ##Uncommon.## //Mages.//
~1) The continuous biological/spiritual feedback loop within a living creature that maintains their physical form. A complicating factor in shapeshifting magic. Often invoked as an explanation for the mechanism of __therianthrope__ change, and for why so few humans (0.01% - 0.1%) ever became theris.
~~See also: ShapeshiftingInTTU
**shiftgender (adj)**. ##Common.##
~1) Possessing multiple, distinct gender identities -- most commonly, a therianthrope whose human and theri forms are different sexes.
~1) ##Pervasive.## A human who permanently shifted into a nonhuman form after TheChanges, or a human who can shapeshift back and forth into such a form. From the Greek "therion" + "anthropos"; lit. "beast man".
**Uncanny Valley, the (n)**. ##Rare.##
~1) A nickname for the site of EventTheMeeting: after its teleport beacons were taken down, none of the thousands of attendees were ever able to rediscover its location, even the mages enlisted to teleport people back and forth. (Note that the term's [[WikiPedia:Uncanny_valley more traditional meaning]] is also in use.)
**Wednesday (n)**. ##Uncommon.##
~1) The presumed higher power responsible for TheChanges -- most often used jokingly as an epithet, such as in "oh my Wednesday" or "Wednesday only knows". Derivation: Popularized in spring 1997 by a late-night comedy sketch making light of TheWednesdayRule.
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~1) ##Pervasive.## A __mythic__ __theri__, quadrupedal with reptilian characteristics, generally tracking the standard mythological archetype (of either Eastern or Western varieties).
~1) **Dragon (n)**. ##Common.## //Mages.// A __thaumometer__. Derivation: Dragon Industries is by far their most common manufacturer.
~1) **(v)** To answer a question via the magitech Web search engine DWIM. Usage is much the same as "to Google" in our world.
~1) ##Pervasive.## A nonhuman with human intelligence, or a human who can shapeshift back and forth into such a form. From the Greek "therion" + "anthropos"; lit. "beast man".


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~1) //(Derogatory)// __Therianthropy__ and/or magic use, esp. in people who were normal humans before TheChanges.
**beast out (v)**. ##Rare.## //Theris.//
**dwiv**. ##Rare.##
~1) **(n)** A __dwivination__.
~1) **(v)** To answer a question via the magitech Web search engine DWIM. Usage is much the same as "to Google" in our world.
~1) A request to the magitech Web search engine DWIM (launched in 2000) that produces counterintuitive yet illuminating results. Derivation: Coined by the DWIM coding team as a lousy pun.
**Elements (n)**. ##Common.##
~1) A card game for 3-7 mages that is essentially a multi-contestant magical duel. By the early 2000s, formal Elements competitions have attracted some curiosity as a spectator sport, and ultimately gain popularity in televised tournaments.
~~ See also: http://www.tomorrowlands.org/dwim/elements.html
~1) ##Uncommon.## Synonym for __anthro__ (even though some anthros have scales, feathers, or chitin). Inside TTU, the two competing usages of "furry" below have left the term loaded, and this definition's use (outside of self-identification) may be considered offensive.
~1) ##Rare.## //(Derogatory, somewhat vulgar)// A human who is sexually attracted to __theris__, esp. __anthros__.
~1) ##Obscure.## Also **(adj)** as in "furry art." A human who is a fan of media containing humanoids with animal characteristics, such as "funny animal" cartoons or theri movies; also the genre itself. EraPreChanges terminology that's now basically archaic since the term got hijacked by the usages above; even though TheChanges gave this group a big membership surge and a lot to get excited about, most of these people have taken to calling themselves "furfans"/"furfen."
**halfling (n)**. ##Obscure.## //Theris.//
~1) //(Often derogatory)// A non-spellcasting human. N.b. "muggle" is NOT known as a synonym; in TTU, "Harry Potter"s original British publication in mid-1997 was met with popular indifference due to the focus on real-world magic, and the books are barely known outside of the British Isles.
**Mythrel (n)**. ##Pervasive.##
~1) Kevlar-style weave with an embedded magic-dispersing mesh (and, in later versions, embedded defensive spells); the only protection worth wearing if one anticipates both conventional and magical resistance in a fight. First prototyped in early 1999 and ubiquitous among law enforcement, military, etc., by the early 2000s. Famous for its "X: Myth. Protection: Mythrel" advertisements. Derivation: Brand name, chosen as a homophone of "mithril" (a super-light, super-strong metal in Tolkien's fantasy novels).
**ping timeout (n)**. ##Uncommon.## //Mages.//
~1) A type of teleportation mishap in which the person (or object) in transit does not show up at their destination immediately. Generally, the teleportation still seems instantaneous from the inside, but hours or days (or, in extreme cases, months) pass in the world outside. While gone, the travellers are undetectable even to magic and there is no indication of when they might arrive. Random, disorienting, and frightening. Derivation: Some mage's obscure computer geek joke.
~1) A unit of measurement for magical energy. Mostly used humorously; some __magitech__ applications like __thaumometers__ do take objective measurement of magical energy levels, but the objective value and energy content of "1 thaum" are ridiculously situation-dependent. Takes metric prefixes: //millithaum, gigathaum//.
~1) A device to detect use of magic via sudden fluctuations in background energy. Derivation: Name is etymologically dubious, since it measures //abrupt change in magical energy// rather than magical energy, but the creator found the homophonic pun too good to pass up.
~1) //(Derogatory)// A __theri__ who claims that their initial shift into a nonhuman form occurred prior to the [[TherianthropeWaves First Wave]], i.e. before EventTheFirstSighting. All such high-profile claims have either proven false or dubious/unverifiable, and such theris are generally ridiculed. Derivation: British pronunciation of "Z," for "Zero-th Wave" theri.
===Words to add===
If you've seen an unfamiliar term in a TTU story that isn't listed, either write it up into the list or add it here for other wiki editors to insert.
##Pervasive## - Used and recognized by virtually all speakers of that language.
##Common## - Almost universally recognized; but not used by everyone.
##Rare## - Recognition is hit-or-miss among the general public; word is subgroup slang or a regionalism.
##Obscure## - Recognition and use are confined almost exclusively to a particular group.
"Other notes" indicate if the word is vulgar (sexually scandalous), derogatory (intended to belittle or express contempt), or offensive (will provoke strong reactions in the targeted group). While both derogatory and offensive terms can wound (and while a word can be hurtful without being either!), words labeled "offensive" are the sort that start fights.
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~1) //(Derogatory)// __Therianthropy__ and/or magic use in people who were normal humans before TheChanges.
**beast out (v)**. ##Uncommon.## //Theris.//
~1) Use of the magitech Web search engine DWIM to produce counterintuitive yet illuminating results. Derivation: Coined by the DWIM coding team themselves.
~1) ##Uncommon.## Synonym for __anthro__ (even though some anthros have scales, feathers, or chitin). The two competing usages of "furry" below have left the term loaded, and this definition's use (outside of self-identification) may be considered offensive.
~1) ##Rare.## //(Derogatory)// A human who is sexually attracted to __theris__, esp. __anthros__.
~1) ##Obscure.## Also **(adj)** as in "Furry art." A human who is a fan of media containing humanoids with animal characteristics, such as "funny animal" cartoons or theri movies. EraPreChanges slang that's now approaching archaic usage; even though TheChanges gave this group a big popularity boost, most of these people now call themselves "furfans"/"furfen."
**halfling (n)**. ##Rare.## //Theris.//
~1) //(Derogatory)// A non-spellcasting human.
~1) A unit of measurement for magical energy. Mostly used humorously; some __magitech__ applications like __thaumometers__ do take objective measurement of magical energy levels, but the actual value of "1 thaum" is maddeningly situation-dependent and sensor recalibration is an ongoing process. Takes metric prefixes: //millithaum, gigathaum//.
~1) A device to detect use of magic via sudden fluctuations in background energy.
~1) //(Derogatory)// A __theri__ who claims that their initial shift into a nonhuman form occurred before the [[TherianthropeWaves First Wave]], i.e. prior to EventTheFirstSighting. With all known claims of this type either proven false or unverifiable, such theris are generally ridiculed. Derivation: British pronunciation of "Z," for "Zero-th Wave" theri.
##Pervasive## - Used and recognized by all speakers of that language
##Common## - Universally recognized; but not used by everyone
##Rare## - Recognition is hit-or-miss among the general public; word is subgroup slang or a regionalism
##Obscure## - Recognition and use are confined almost exclusively to a particular group
"Other notes" indicate if the word is vulgar (sexually scandalous), derogatory (intended to belittle or express contempt), or offensive (will provoke strong reactions in the targeted group).


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===Word List===
**anthro (n)**. ##Common.##
~1) A __theri__ whose form is humanoid (bipedal, opposable-thumbed, human-sized, with broadly human anatomy and sexual characteristics). Think of Chewbacca, the Thundercats, stereotypical Hollywood werewolves, minotaurs, etc. Also "anthro//X//" or "anthro-//X//", where //X// is an animal that their form resembles. Derivation: Originally shortened from "anthropomorphic", or "human-shaped".
~1) //(Offensive)// A __theri__. Derivation: Refers to the slain infant in the EventGoldMurders, and the widespread belief that it was a theri revenge killing.
**beast (v)**. ##Rare.##
~1) //(Vulgar)// To have sex with a __theri__.
~1) //(Derogatory)// CharacterDennisRedwing (who is widely believed to be the Antichrist among the American right wing).
~1) //(Derogatory)// __Therianthropy__ and/or magic use in people who were normal humans before TheChanges.
**beast out (v)**. ##Uncommon.## //Theris.//
~1) To shapeshift from human form into __theri__ form. Usage has almost no overlap with __beast (1)__; people will tend to know and use one of the two.
**dragon (n)**.
~1) ##Pervasive.## A __mythic__ __theri__, quadrupedal with reptilian characteristics, generally tracking the standard mythological archetype (of either Eastern or Western varieties).
~1) **Dragon (n)**. ##Common.## //Mages.// A __thaumometer__. Derivation: Dragon Industries is by far their most common manufacturer.
~1) **Dragon, The (n)**. ##Uncommon.## CharacterDennisRedwing, especially in his capacity as a __theri__ spokesperson or (alleged) leadership of a secret theri army bent on world domination.
**dwivination (n)**. ##Rare.##
~1) Use of the magitech Web search engine DWIM to produce counterintuitive yet illuminating results. Derivation: Coined by the DWIM coding team themselves.
~1) ##Rare.## //(Derogatory)// A human who is sexually attracted to __theris__, esp. __anthros__.
~1) //(Derogatory)// A __theri__ who spends significant time in human form (or, sometimes, one who changes back to human form at all).
**magitech (n)**. ##Pervasive.##
~1) More common and less formal synonym for __thaumitechnology__.
**mundane (n)**. ##Common.## //Mages, theris.//
~1) //(Derogatory)// A non-spellcasting human.
**thaum (n)**. ##Uncommon.## //Mages.//
**watcher (n)**. ##Obscure.##
~1) //(Derogatory)// A __theri__. Derivation: From an early book of CharacterDennisRedwing's which discussed (with the clarity of hindsight) how many of the people who turned into theris during TheChanges had been watching and waiting for their chance to return to their true selves.
~1) ##Common.## A __theri__ who can freely shapeshift back and forth between the forms of a human and an animal that existed on EraPreChanges Earth. Also "were//X//," where //X// is that animal; e.g. werewolf, werecheetah, etc.
~1) //(Derogatory)// A __theri__ who claims that their initial shift into a nonhuman form occurred before the [[TherianthropeWaves First Wave]], i.e. prior to EventTheFirstSighting. With all known claims of this type either proven false or unverifiable, such theris are generally ridiculed. Derivation: British pronunciation of "Z," for "Zero-th Wave" theri.
===Entry syntax===
~1) //(Other Notes)// Definitions. __Other terms__ can be cross-referenced. ---
"Other notes" indicate if the word is vulgar (sexually scandalous), derogatory (intended to belittle or express contempt), or offensive (will provoke strong reactions in the targeted group).
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Entry syntax:
~1) //Other Notes.// Definitions. __Other terms__ can be cross-referenced. ---
"Other notes" will indicate if the word is vulgar (sexually scandalous), derogatory (intended to belittle or express contempt), or offensive (will provoke strong reactions in the targeted group).
====Word List====
**anthro (x)**. ##Common.##
~1) A __theri__ whose form is humanoid (bipedal, opposable-thumbed, human-sized, with broadly human anatomy and sexual characteristics). Think of Chewbacca, the Thundercats, stereotypical Hollywood werewolves, what Michael Jackson turned into in //Thriller//, minotaurs, etc. Also "anthro-X", where X is an animal that their form resembles. Derivation: Originally shortened from "anthropomorphic", or "human-shaped".
~1) //Offensive.// A __theri__. Derivation: Refers to the slain infant in the EventGoldMurders, and the widespread belief that it was a theri revenge killing.
**beast (v)**. ##Uncommon.##
~1) //Vulgar.// To have sex with a __theri__.
~1) //Derogatory.// CharacterDennisRedwing (who is widely believed to be the Antichrist among the American right wing).
~1) //Derogatory.// __Therianthropy__ and/or magic use in people who were normal humans before TheChanges.
~1) ##Rare.## //Derogatory.// A human who is sexually attracted to __theris__, esp. __anthros__.
~1) //Derogatory.// A __theri__ who spends significant time in human form (or, sometimes, one who changes back to human form at all).
**mundane (x)**. ##Common.## //Mages, theris.//
~1) //Derogatory.// A non-spellcasting human.
**thaum (n)**. ##Uncommon.## //Magitech.//
**watcher (x)**. ##Obscure.##
~1) //Derogatory.// A __theri__. Derivation: From an early book of CharacterDennisRedwing's which discussed (with the clarity of hindsight) how many of the people who turned into theris during TheChanges had been watching and waiting for their chance to return to their true selves.
~1) ##Common.## A __theri__ who can shapeshift back and forth between the forms of a human and an animal that existed on EraPreChanges Earth. Also "were-X," where X is that animal.
~1) //Derogatory.// A __theri__ who claims that their first shift into a nonhuman form occurred before EventTheFirstSighting. Derivation: British pronunciation of "Z," for "Zero-th Wave" theri.
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~Dragon
~mythrel


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~1) A unit of measurement for magical energy. Mostly used humorously; some __magitech__ applications like __thaumometers__ do take objective measurement of magical energy levels, but the actual value of "1 thaum" is maddeningly situation-dependent and sensor recalibration is an ongoing process. Takes metric prefixes: //millithaum, gigathaum//.
**thaumatology (n)**. ##Common.## //Mages.//
~1) The science of magic. The discipline of finding out what works and what doesn't when willworking (and why), with the same rigor applied to other modern sciences. Only a minority of mages are pretentious enough to call themselves thaumatologists, but if you go to school to become a professional magical researcher, this is what you get your degree in.
**thaumitechnology (n)**. ##Common.## //Magitech.//
~1) The discipline of mass-producing items with magical effects -- making minor magical effects accessible to the layman rather than requiring them to hire a mage or obtain a custom-made enchanted item. __Thaumometers__ were the field's first success, and thaumitech is better known for its sensing, defensive and antimagic items than for its items with active effects.
~1) A magical item produced by said methods.
~1) More colloquially (and wrongly), any enchanted item or any item used by mages in their craft.
~1) A __theri__, usually a __mythic__, that obtains some or all of its sustenance through absorption of magical background energy. Virtually all theris larger than human-sized are thaumivores.
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~1) A unit of measurement for magical energy. Mostly used humorously;
~1) A __theri__, usually a __mythic__, that obtains sustenance through absorption of magical background energy. Virtually all theris larger than human-sized are thaumivores to some extent.
~thaumatology
Full description for 'thaum'


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