Shadow Slang

When you hit the streets, sling the lingo like a pro with this handy guide.

breeder n. Ork slang for a “normal” human.

buzz v. Go away. Buzz off.

chill adj. Good, cool, acceptable.

chip truth n. A fact or honest statement.

chipped adj. Senses, skills, reflexes, muscles, and so on, enhanced by cyberware.

chrome n. Cyberware, especially obvious enhancements.

chummer n. Friend, used in the same sense as “pal” or “buddy.”

clip n. A box magazine for a firearm.

comm n. Short for commlink, your phone, handheld computer, music player, game device, and more in the palm of your hand.

corp n. Corporation. adj. Corporate.

cred n. Money. Reputation, especially good reputation.

dandelion eater n. (vulgar) An elf.

dataslave n. Corporate decker or other data-processing employee.

datasteal n. Theft of data from a computer, usually by decking.

deck n. A cyberdeck. v. To use a cyberdeck, usually illegally.

decker n. A person who illegally uses a cyberdeck.

deckhead n. Simsense abuser.

drek n. (vulgar) Feces. A common curse word.

dump v. To be involuntarily ejected from the Matrix.

dumpshock n. The painful sensation of being forcibly ejected from the Matrix while deeply involved in multi-sensory interactions.

exec n. A corporate executive

flash v. To understand or comprehend

frag v. (vulgar) Common swear word referring to the act of copulation.

fragged adj. (vulgar) Broken, in trouble.

geek v. To kill.

go-gang n. A vehicular gang.

hacker n. Someone who illegally interacts with the Matrix, either by using a cyberdeck (as a “decker”) or with the power of their mind (as a “technomancer”).

halfer n. (vulgar) A dwarf.

hoi interject. (Dutch) Hi, a familiar form of greeting.

hoop n. (vulgar) A common curse word referring to a person’s backside.

hose v. Louse up. Screw up.

ice n. Security software. From “intrusion countermeasures” or IC.

jack v. To connect or disconnect to the Matrix or other device via a jack. Use jack in to mean establishing the connection, jack out to mean breaking a connection. Using jack alone refers to changing from one state to the other.

jander v. To walk in an arrogant yet casual manner; to strut.

jing n. Money, usually cash.

keeb n. (vulgar) An elf.

kobun n. (Japanese) A member of a Yakuza clan.

meat n. A physical body. Pertaining to the physical world. Organs harvested for sale.

merc n. A mercenary.

mojo n. (Caribbean) Magic. A spell.

Mr. Johnson n. Refers to an anonymous employer or corporate agent, regardless of gender or national origin.

mundane n. (vulgar) Non-magician. adj. Non-magical.

nutrisoy n. A cheaply processed food product derived from soybeans

nuyen n. The world’s standard currency.

omae n. A close friend. Can be used sarcastically.

organlegging v. Trading in organs or cyberware harvested from formerly living people.

oyabun n. (Japanese) The head of a Yakuza clan.

pawn n. (derogatory) Street slang for Knight Errant officers

paydata n. A datafile worth money on the black market.

pixie n. (vulgar) An elf. An elf poser.

plex n. A metropolitan complex, short for metroplex.

poli n. A policlub or a policlub member. adj. Pertaining to a policlub.

razorgirl n. A female with extensive combat enhancements.

razorguy n. A male with extensive combat enhancements.

roke adj. Overly elaborate or unnecessarily detailed. From a shortening of Baroque.

samurai n. (Japanese) Mercenary or muscle for hire. Implies an honor code or a good reputation.

sarariman n. (Japanese) A corporate employee. From a mispronunciation of salaryman.

screamer n. Credstick or other ID that triggers alarms if used.

scrip n. A currency that is not nuyen, usually referring to currency issued by a megacorporation.

simsense n. A sensory broadcast or recording that lets the viewer feel and experience what the participants feel and experience.

SIN n. System Identification Number. Identification number assigned to each person in the society.

SINless adj. Lacking a SIN. n. A SINless person.

SINner n. A person with a SIN. An honest person.

slot n. (vulgar) Mild curse word referring to female genitalia. v. To insert a chip or credstick into chip or credstick reading device.

slot and run v. Hurry up. Get to the point. Move it.

so ka (Japanese) I understand. I get it.

soykaf n. Ersatz coffee substitute made from soybeans.

sprawl n. A metroplex (see plex); v. fraternize below one’s social level.

squat n. Abandoned urban area used for housing. (vulgar) A dwarf.

squishy n. (vulgar) A dwarf, elf, or human. Usually used by orks and trolls.

Star, the n. The police. Originally referring to Lone Star specifically.

static n. Trouble, usually social in nature.

swag adj. Awesome.

trideo n. The three-dimensional successor to video. Trid for short.

trog n. (vulgar) An ork or troll. From troglodyte.

tusker n. (vulgar) An ork or troll.

vatjob n. A person with extensive cyberware replacement, reference is to a portion of the process during which the patient must be submerged in nutrient fluid.

wagemage n. A magician (usually mage) employed by a corporation.

wageslave n. A low-level corporate employee.

wetwork n. Assassination. Murder.

wired adj. Equipped with cyberware, especially increased reflexes.

wiz adj. Wonderful, excellent.

wizard n. A magician, usually a mage.

wizworm n. A dragon.

Yak n. (Japanese) Yakuza. Either a clan member or a clan itself.
zaibatsu n. (Japanese) A megacorporation


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