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Tomorrowlands Glossary

When TheChanges hit Earth in 1996, they also brought corresponding changes in language as people searched for ways to describe the new phenomena springing up around them. This is an effort to document the vocabulary of TTU residents as a sort of translation guide for us out-of-universe observers.

Entry syntax:
Term (part of speech). Usage level. Subgroup.
  1. Other Notes. Definitions. Other terms can be cross-referenced.
  2. See Also: (Link to wiki page with more detail)

"Usage level" will be, in descending order of recognizability:
Pervasive - Used and recognized by all speakers of that language
Common - Universally recognized; but not used by everyone
Uncommon - Widely recognized; but used infrequently or only in specialized circumstances. May be slang/regionalism that is finding wider traction.
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

If "Subgroup" is specified (in the entry or a specific definition), it specifies that the word is jargon originating with that group (and, depending on usage level, possibly used only by them).

"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".
  2. See also: TheriType

baby killer (n). Obscure. Fundamentalist Christians.
  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.

Beast, the (n). Uncommon. Fundamentalist Christians.
  1. Derogatory. CharacterDennisRedwing (who is widely believed to be the Antichrist among the American right wing).

Beast, Mark of the (n). Uncommon. Fundamentalist Christians.
  1. Derogatory. Therianthropy and/or magic use in people who were normal humans before TheChanges.

furry (n).
  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.
  2. Rare. Derogatory. A human who is sexually attracted to theris, esp. anthros.
  3. 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 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.

mythic (n). Common.
  1. Catch-all term for theris who are neither anthros nor weres. Derivation: The most common forms of this type of theri are mythological in origin (dragons, gryphons, centaurs, etc).
  2. See also: TheriType

thaum (n). Uncommon. Magitech.
  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.
  2. A magical item produced by said methods.
  3. More colloquially (and wrongly), any enchanted item or any item used by mages in their craft.

thaumivore (n). Rare.
  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.

thaumometer (n). Pervasive.
  1. A device to detect use of magic via sudden fluctuations in background energy.
  2. See also: ThaumoMeters

theri (n). Pervasive.
  1. Therianthrope.

therianthrope (n).
  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".
  2. Common. A human who can cast magic. Etymologically incorrect usage, but initially widespread around the time of EventTheFirstSighting, dwindling over time.

thread (n). Obscure. Mages.
  1. A sentient individual, one strand of the Weave that defines reality around us. Not used derogatorily, but can cause odd reactions (people get uncomfortable being described with a noun conventionally used for inanimate objects), and so is used more discreetly than "Weave".

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.

Weave, the (n). Rare. Mages.
  1. The Earth and its inhabitants -- i.e., the collective tangle of individual threads that make up our reality.

were (n).
  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.
  2. Uncommon. Popularly (but incorrectly) used to describe shapeshifting anthros. This usage drives weres (and pedants) nuts.
  3. See also: TheriType

zed (n). Rare. Theris.
  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.
  2. See also: TherianthropeWaves

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