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6th Dec '16 3:43:28 AM Siempie
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* Played with in the ''WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse'' episode "Too Far". After Peridot refers to a screwdriver as a "leverage optimizer", Amethyst decides to have some fun:
-->'''Amethyst:''' Hey, Peridot, whaddaya call this? ''(points to her nose)''
-->'''Peridot:''' A scent sponge.
-->'''Amethyst:''' Okay, what's this? ''(points to her eye)''
-->'''Peridot:''' Vision sphere.
-->'''Amethyst:''' ...These? ''(wiggles fingers)''
-->'''Peridot:''' Touch stumps.
-->'''Amethyst:''' This? ''(points to foot)''
-->'''Peridot:''' Gravity connectors!
-->'''Amethyst:''' This? ''(points to backside)''
-->'''Peridot:''' '''THAT'S YOUR BUTT!'''
** Later on, Amethyst and Steven visit Peridot and Lapis to discover they've turned their new home into a sculpture garden. Only since neither of them know words like "art" or "sculpture", they've been calling them meep-morp.

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* ''WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse''
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Played with in the ''WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse'' episode "Too Far". After Peridot refers to a screwdriver as a "leverage optimizer", Amethyst decides to have some fun:
-->'''Amethyst:''' --->'''Amethyst:''' Hey, Peridot, whaddaya call this? ''(points to her nose)''
-->'''Peridot:''' --->'''Peridot:''' A scent sponge.
-->'''Amethyst:''' --->'''Amethyst:''' Okay, what's this? ''(points to her eye)''
-->'''Peridot:''' --->'''Peridot:''' Vision sphere.
-->'''Amethyst:''' ...--->'''Amethyst:''' Peridot... These? ''(wiggles fingers)''
-->'''Peridot:''' --->'''Peridot:''' ''(irritated)'' Touch stumps.
-->'''Amethyst:''' --->'''Amethyst:''' This? ''(points to foot)''
-->'''Peridot:''' --->'''Peridot:''' ''(more irritated)'' Gravity connectors!
-->'''Amethyst:''' This?
connector!
--->'''Amethyst:''' This?!
''(points to backside)''
-->'''Peridot:''' '''THAT'S --->'''Peridot:''' ''[[SuddenlyShouting THAT'S YOUR BUTT!'''
BUTT!]]''
** Later on, Amethyst and Steven visit Peridot and Lapis to discover they've turned their new home into a sculpture garden. Only since Except... neither of them know words like "art" or "sculpture", they've "sculpture".
--->'''Peridot:''' "Art?" That sounds ridiculous!
--->'''Lapis:''' ''(deadpan)'' I've
been calling them meep-morp.it... Meep-morp.
--->'''Peridot:''' Come on! Let me show you our... Morps! ''(giggles)''
29th Nov '16 8:09:27 PM PaulA
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* In Creator/DianeDuane's ''Franchise/StarTrek'' novel ''The Empty Chair'', we see the sentence "like a conjurer with a ''smeerp'' up his sleeve."
** Her [[SpaceRomans Rihannsu]] novels have quite a few [[LampshadeHanging unlampshaded]] examples, too: e.g. 'fresher instead of shower. Not to mention the [[ConLang "actual" Rihannsu words]].
** The [[IShouldWriteABookAboutThis introduction]] to ''The Empty Chair'' implies that TheFederation has been calling the Rihannsu [[CallASmeerpARabbit smeerps rabbits]] all along.

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* In Creator/DianeDuane's ''Franchise/StarTrek'' novel ''The Empty Chair'', we see the sentence "like a conjurer with a ''smeerp'' up his sleeve."
** Her [[SpaceRomans Rihannsu]]
''Literature/{{Rihannsu}}'' novels have quite a few [[LampshadeHanging unlampshaded]] examples, too: examples: e.g. 'fresher instead of shower. Not to mention the [[ConLang "actual" Rihannsu words]].
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words]]. ''The Empty Chair'', lampshades it with the sentence "like a conjurer with a ''smeerp'' up his sleeve." The [[IShouldWriteABookAboutThis introduction]] to ''The Empty Chair'' implies that TheFederation has been calling the Rihannsu [[CallASmeerpARabbit smeerps rabbits]] all along.
30th Oct '16 9:39:05 AM nombretomado
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* In ''{{GURPS}}'' ''TabletopGame/{{Banestorm}}'', the descriptions of bushwolves, paladins, treetippers, and milkfish (native non-magical animals) sound like thylacines, glyptodonts, giant sloths, and manatees. The different names make sense since the medieval-era Earth natives who had been brought to Yrth by the Banestorm had never seen them before (they were either extinct, or from lands their original cultures had not yet encountered) and gave them their own names.

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* In ''{{GURPS}}'' ''TabletopGame/{{GURPS}}'' ''TabletopGame/{{Banestorm}}'', the descriptions of bushwolves, paladins, treetippers, and milkfish (native non-magical animals) sound like thylacines, glyptodonts, giant sloths, and manatees. The different names make sense since the medieval-era Earth natives who had been brought to Yrth by the Banestorm had never seen them before (they were either extinct, or from lands their original cultures had not yet encountered) and gave them their own names.
28th Oct '16 5:46:51 AM Chabal2
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** Also has recaff for coffee, amasec for something like whiskey, vox for radio transmitter of any kind, Auspex and Augurs for sensors and quite a couple of other "futuristic" and/or grimdark names.

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** Also has recaff for coffee, amasec for something like whiskey, tanna for chifir (Russian gulag tea), vox for radio transmitter of any kind, Auspex and Augurs for sensors and quite a couple of other "futuristic" and/or grimdark names.
25th Oct '16 3:48:01 PM nombretomado
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* Creator/AlanDeanFoster (ghost writing for GeorgeLucas), in the {{novelization}} of ''Film/ANewHope'', {{lampshade|Hanging}}s this during an early conversation between Obi-Wan and Luke, who grew up on a [[SingleBiomePlanet very dry planet]]:

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* Creator/AlanDeanFoster (ghost writing for GeorgeLucas), Creator/GeorgeLucas), in the {{novelization}} of ''Film/ANewHope'', {{lampshade|Hanging}}s this during an early conversation between Obi-Wan and Luke, who grew up on a [[SingleBiomePlanet very dry planet]]:
22nd Oct '16 12:12:47 PM CormundusTroperius
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** Also has recaff for coffee, amasek for something like whiskey, vox for radio transmitter of any kind, Ausplex and Augurs for sensors and quite a couple of other "futuristic" and/or grimdark names.

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** Also has recaff for coffee, amasek amasec for something like whiskey, vox for radio transmitter of any kind, Ausplex Auspex and Augurs for sensors and quite a couple of other "futuristic" and/or grimdark names.
21st Oct '16 5:12:20 PM Narsil
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** There is some suggestion that Pipe-weed may in fact be Hashish rather than Tobacco, though this explanation is relegated largely to {{Fanon}}, as this has been {{Jossed}} by Tolkien's writings published in Literature/{{The Unfinished Tales}}.
7th Oct '16 5:01:34 AM DoctorTItanX
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May also be {{justified|Trope}} by a TranslationConvention. If the viewpoint characters in the work encounter a lifeform that's new to them but already familiar to an alien culture, the alien culture will probably have their own word for it, and there's no reason for that to match the real-world name of the thing. However, in monocultural stories it's much easier to overuse this trope (in this case, calling it a "space rabbit" might even be ''more'' realistic in colloquial speech, by analogy with things like "sea cow").

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May also be {{justified|Trope}} by a TranslationConvention. If the viewpoint characters in the work encounter a lifeform that's new to them them, but already familiar to an alien culture, the alien culture will probably have their own word for it, and there's no reason for that to match the common real-world name of the thing. However, in monocultural stories stories, it's much easier to overuse this trope (in this case, calling it a "space rabbit" might even be ''more'' realistic in colloquial speech, by analogy with things like "sea cow").



* Starting with Unova, the English dub of ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'' refers to all fruits as "berries", as in the fictional berries seen throughout the series. Even when they're blatantly eating apples (and they're called apples in the Japanese version) they're referred to as "berries". They also have a tendency to not refer to vegetables by name, though instead of a fictional name they just call them "veggies".

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* Starting with Unova, the English dub of ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'' refers to all fruits as "berries", as in the fictional berries seen throughout the series. Even when they're blatantly eating apples (and they're called apples in the Japanese version) they're referred to as "berries". They also have a tendency to not refer to vegetables by name, though instead of a fictional name or unusual name, they just call them "veggies".



** "Piwafwi" was established as the Drow word for "cloak" back in Salvatore's early Drizzt novels. In addition, piwafwis have certain characteristics that our cloaks do not, such as camouflaging the wearer to infrared vision. It ultimately comes down to the same thing as calling a Japanese sword a Katana: "Katana" is nothing but the japanese translation for "sword", but it still contains extra information on what kind of sword it is.

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** "Piwafwi" was established as the Drow word for "cloak" back in Salvatore's early Drizzt novels. In addition, piwafwis have certain characteristics that our cloaks do not, such as camouflaging the wearer to infrared vision. It ultimately comes down to the same thing as calling a Japanese sword a Katana: "Katana" is nothing but the japanese Japanese translation for "sword", but it still contains extra information on what kind of sword it is.



* The Literature/ChaosTimeline often does this. America is called Atlantis, teddy bears are ''mishkas'' since they were invented in Russia, computer hackers are ''Logos'' (from 'logic'), {{angst}} is called ''horreur'', a blitzkrieg is a ''molniya'' (Russian for 'lightning'), tanks are ''Walzen'' ('steamrollers' in German), capitalism is ''monetarism'' etc. Justified, since history diverged in 1200 and people could well invent different names for things.

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* The Literature/ChaosTimeline often does this. America is called Atlantis, teddy bears are ''mishkas'' since they were invented in Russia, computer hackers are ''Logos'' (from 'logic'), {{angst}} is called ''horreur'', a blitzkrieg is a ''molniya'' (Russian for 'lightning'), tanks are ''Walzen'' ('steamrollers' in German), capitalism is ''monetarism'' etc. Justified, since history diverged in 1200 1,200 and people could well invent different names for things.
26th Sep '16 9:02:40 PM PaulA
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* In Creator/CJCherryh's Literature/{{Foreigner}} series this is (unsuccessfully) [[InvokedTrope invoked]] by one of the first human biologists to land on the world of the alien ''atevi''. The biologist argues that though there are things on the atevi's planet that look and act a lot like grass/trees/etc from the old Earth of the humans, ''calling'' them grass/trees/etc could cause humans to assume that they're exactly like the Earth lifeforms when there might be important, yet-to-be-discovered differences. The biologist is ignored and the human colonists wind up calling them grass/trees/etc.
21st Sep '16 4:06:53 PM nombretomado
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* The ''VideoGame/BatenKaitos'' games do this to a degree; we have such things as "fluffpups" (poodles) and "bunnycats" (long-eared cats), as well as "pollywhales" (tiny legged orcas). And then there are the weird ones, like "pows" - pigs that, umm, give large quantities milk, and are white colored with black splotches. BatenKaitos is less Call a Rabbit a "Smeerp", more of MixAndMatchCritters. Pows for example are Pig/Cow, Bunnycats are Bunny/Cat, and pollywale seems to be Tadpole/Orca. Other hybrids include Dog/Deer and Sheep/Goat.

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* The ''VideoGame/BatenKaitos'' games do this to a degree; we have such things as "fluffpups" (poodles) and "bunnycats" (long-eared cats), as well as "pollywhales" (tiny legged orcas). And then there are the weird ones, like "pows" - pigs that, umm, give large quantities milk, and are white colored with black splotches. BatenKaitos ''Baten Kaitos'' is less Call a Rabbit a "Smeerp", more of MixAndMatchCritters. Pows for example are Pig/Cow, Bunnycats are Bunny/Cat, and pollywale seems to be Tadpole/Orca. Other hybrids include Dog/Deer and Sheep/Goat.
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