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2nd May '16 6:42:00 PM WillKeaton
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* "Terran" (from the Latin ''Terra'', "Earth") is probably the most popular choice by far, which crept into all kinds of settings, from ''Franchise/StarshipTroopers'' to ''Series/BlakesSeven'' to ''{{Starcraft}}'', along with [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Terran other examples]]. It probably got popular because it sounds like [[PlanetOfHats what you might call some alien race]], and, at some point, wasn't immediately recognisable as "Earth", so it feels "alien". "Terran" also [[RuleofCool sounds cooler]] than "Human".

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* "Terran" (from the Latin ''Terra'', "Earth") is probably the most popular choice by far, which crept into all kinds of settings, from ''Franchise/StarshipTroopers'' to ''Series/BlakesSeven'' to ''{{Starcraft}}'', along with [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Terran other examples]]. examples.]] It probably got popular because it sounds like [[PlanetOfHats what you might call some alien race]], and, at some point, wasn't immediately recognisable as "Earth", so it feels "alien". "Terran" also [[RuleofCool sounds cooler]] than "Human".
2nd May '16 6:41:09 PM WillKeaton
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In SpeculativeFiction, the word "human" can seem out of place in a universe where every other species is named after their homeworld. Unless, of course, [[http://jbr.me.uk/lingo.html they come from Humus]].

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In SpeculativeFiction, the word "human" can seem out of place in a universe where every other species is named after their homeworld. Unless, of course, [[http://jbr.me.uk/lingo.html they come from Humus]].
Humus.]]
24th Apr '16 11:24:19 AM molokai198
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* Dragons in ''Literature/WingsOfFire'' call humans "scavengers".
21st Apr '16 10:59:50 PM TARINunit9
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* In ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'', the Eldar race refers to humans as "Mon-keigh" (this being the eldar word meaning 'inferior', not to mention one of the [[{{Anvilicious}} least subtle]] puns ever). The Tau race use the term "Gue'vesa" or "Gue'la" (derived from a Chinese word for foreigners), depending upon whether said human(s) are allies or no. The remaining species of the universe (Orks, Necrons and Tyranids) refer to humans as "'umies", "the living", and "dinner", respectively.

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* In ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'', the Eldar race refers to humans as "Mon-keigh" (this being the eldar word meaning 'inferior', not to mention one of the [[{{Anvilicious}} least subtle]] puns ever). The Tau race use the term base word "Gue" for humans, and distinguish between allies and enemies with "Gue'vesa" or "Gue'la" (derived respectively[[note]]the latter being another incredibly unsubtle pun, derived from a Chinese word for foreigners), depending upon whether said human(s) are allies or no.foreigners[[/note]]. The remaining species of the universe (Orks, Necrons and Tyranids) refer to humans as "'umies", "the living", and "dinner", respectively.
18th Apr '16 10:43:35 PM Pichu-kun
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* Though there is no Earth in ''StarWars'', most humans are referred to by their planet of origin -- Corellians from Corellia, Coruscanti from Coruscant, Naboo from Naboo and so on. Collectively, they are called humans though however.

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* Though there is no Earth in ''StarWars'', ''Franchise/StarWars'', most humans are referred to by their planet of origin -- Corellians from Corellia, Coruscanti from Coruscant, Naboo from Naboo and so on. Collectively, they are called humans though however.


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* Cats in ''Literature/TailchasersSong'' refer to humans as "m'an".
15th Apr '16 6:54:14 PM hamza678
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** Especially in earlier episodes, Earthling is used as a derogetory term for humans, usually when they've just been conquered... again.

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** Especially in earlier episodes, Earthling is used as a derogetory derogatory term for humans, usually when they've just been conquered... again.
2nd Mar '16 9:55:55 AM ChronoLegion
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* In Creator/VladimirVasilyev's ''Literature/DeathOrGlory'' books, aliens tend to call humans "Homo", likely derived from "homo sapiens".
22nd Feb '16 2:04:28 AM Nouct
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** Played with in the ''Series/StargateAtlantis'' episode "Letters from Pegasus". Carson Beckett is recording a letter to his mom, and starts going off on a tangent about how "Earthlings are a scrappy bunch". Ford immediately stops him, assuming the use of the word "Earthling" as opposed to "human" to be a security breach. Carson matter-of-factly states, "She's knows I'm from Earth."

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** Played with in the ''Series/StargateAtlantis'' episode "Letters from Pegasus". Carson Beckett is recording a letter to his mom, and starts going off on a tangent about how "Earthlings are a scrappy bunch". Ford immediately stops him, assuming the use of the word "Earthling" as opposed to "human" to be a security breach. Carson matter-of-factly states, "She's "She knows I'm from Earth."
22nd Feb '16 2:03:28 AM Nouct
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19th Feb '16 1:14:55 PM Sharlee
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** Just to further complicate things, planet-born visitors to the Ringworld informally took to calling themselves "Ball People" to distinguish themselves from the indigenous hominids and kzinti.
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