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19th Nov '17 9:15:43 AM CaptainCrawdad
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* In Gary Gulman's special ''It's About Time'', he states that "Eskimos have 100 words for snow, and Jews have 100 words for [[JewsLoveToArgue loser]].
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9th Oct '17 1:17:51 AM PaulA
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* A few of the Literature/KnownSpace stories by Creator/LarryNiven mention that the (extinct) Tnuctipun didn't have a word for intelligent aliens; their close equivalent roughly translated to "food that talks".

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* A few of the Literature/KnownSpace series by Creator/LarryNiven:
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stories by Creator/LarryNiven mention that the (extinct) Tnuctipun didn't have a word for intelligent aliens; their close equivalent roughly translated to "food that talks".talks".
** The Puppeteers are a race of aliens who evolved from skittish grazing herbivores, so being a DirtyCoward is practically their [[PlanetOfHats racial hat]]. Their word for "leader" is "Hindmost", implying that they believe that a great leader truly leads from the back. Also of note, they have no concept of humour, which makes sense seeing as when you're laughing at a joke, your situational awareness is impaired and your breathing pattern is disrupted, and in the words of a Puppeteer, no sane sapient would ''ever'' willingly disable a defense mechanism.



* The Puppeteers from Larry Niven's ''Literature/KnownSpace'' series are a race of aliens who evolved from skittish grazing herbivores, so being a DirtyCoward is practically their [[PlanetOfHats racial hat]]. Their word for "leader" is "Hindmost", implying that they believe that a great leader truly leads from the back. Also of note, they have no concept of humour, which makes sense seeing as when you're laughing at a joke, your situational awareness is impaired and your breathing pattern is disrupted, and in the words of a Puppeteer, no sane sapient would ''ever'' willingly disable a defense mechanism.
13th Sep '17 12:08:00 PM SeptimusHeap
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* The people in ''TheInventionOfLying'' have no word for the act of lying; the closest they get, throughout the film, is "saying something that isn't". Even the protagonist, who is the one who comes up with lying, can't think of a word for it.

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* The people in ''TheInventionOfLying'' ''Film/TheInventionOfLying'' have no word for the act of lying; the closest they get, throughout the film, is "saying something that isn't". Even the protagonist, who is the one who comes up with lying, can't think of a word for it.
30th Aug '17 2:56:19 AM Baeraad555
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* The cats in ''TabletopGame/{{Pugmire}}'' supposedly have seven different words for "betrayal." [[KnightInSourArmor Pan Dachshound]] considers that just one more reason never to trust the buggers.
13th Jul '17 6:21:15 PM StarSword
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* ''Literature/KrisLongknife'': Once Kris's expedition deciphers the HumanAlien PlanetLooters' language in ''Tenacious'', they discover that while it has over a dozen words for "submission", it interestingly has no word for "war", as the AbsoluteXenophobe marauders consider all intelligent life other than themselves to be vermin.
12th Jul '17 7:34:33 PM StarSword
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*** The Romulan dictionary in ''Literature/TheRomulanWay'' notes that the word "''galae''", usually translated as "fleet" (as in a SpaceNavy), is actually closer to an aircraft wing in connotations, hearkening back to the Romulan adoption of massed airpower in internal wars in their early history. This implies that culturally the Romulans favor SpaceIsAir to SpaceIsAnOcean, in turn explaining the use of "warbird" in place of "starship".

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*** The Romulan dictionary in ''Literature/TheRomulanWay'' notes that the word "''galae''", usually translated as "fleet" (as in a SpaceNavy), is actually closer to an aircraft wing squadron in connotations, hearkening back to the Romulan adoption of massed airpower in internal wars in their early history. This implies that culturally the Romulans favor SpaceIsAir to SpaceIsAnOcean, in turn explaining the use of "warbird" in place of "starship".
30th Jun '17 9:30:03 PM Grudgeal
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* The language of the ''Literature/ImperialRadch'' only has a single gender, "she". Radch society [[GenderIsNoObject does not recognize the concept of gender roles]] (and possibly not even gender as a concept), and thanks to genetic engineering the limitations of biology ''vis-a-vis'' reproduction and lineage have been eliminated. The entire book series is written using TranslationConvention for Radch language, meaning that none of its characters (with a few exceptions who are talked about using different languages) [[AmbiguousGender are gendered]].

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* The language of the ''Literature/ImperialRadch'' only has a single gender, "she".no gendered pronouns. Radch society [[GenderIsNoObject does not recognize the concept of gender roles]] (and possibly not even gender as a concept), and thanks to genetic engineering the limitations of biology ''vis-a-vis'' reproduction and lineage have been eliminated. [[GenderNeutralWriting The entire book series is written written]] using TranslationConvention for Radch language, language (using female personal pronouns, ("she", "her") and male title pronouns ("lord", "priest")), meaning that none of its characters (with a few exceptions who are talked about using different languages) [[AmbiguousGender are gendered]].
30th Jun '17 9:24:33 PM Grudgeal
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* The language of the ''Literature/ImperialRadch'' only has a single gender, "she". Radch society [[GenderIsNoObject does not recognize the concept of gender roles]] (and possibly not even gender as a concept), and thanks to genetic engineering the limitations of biology ''vis-a-vis'' reproduction and lineage have been eliminated. Thus, their language doesn't have more than one. The entire book series is written using TranslationConvention for Radch language, meaning that none of its characters (with a few exceptions who are talked about using different languages) [[AmbiguousGender are gendered]].

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* The language of the ''Literature/ImperialRadch'' only has a single gender, "she". Radch society [[GenderIsNoObject does not recognize the concept of gender roles]] (and possibly not even gender as a concept), and thanks to genetic engineering the limitations of biology ''vis-a-vis'' reproduction and lineage have been eliminated. Thus, their language doesn't have more than one. The entire book series is written using TranslationConvention for Radch language, meaning that none of its characters (with a few exceptions who are talked about using different languages) [[AmbiguousGender are gendered]].
30th Jun '17 9:24:11 PM Grudgeal
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* The language of the ''Literature/ImperialRadch'' only has a single gender, "she". Radch society [[GenderIsNoObject does not recognize the concept of gender roles]] (and possibly not even gender as a concept), and thanks to genetic engineering the limitations of sex ''vis-a-vis'' reproduction and lineage has been mostly eliminated. Thus, their language doesn't have more than one. The entire book series is written using TranslationConvention for Radch language, meaning that none of its characters (with a few exceptions who are talked about using different languages) [[AmbiguousGender are gendered]].

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* The language of the ''Literature/ImperialRadch'' only has a single gender, "she". Radch society [[GenderIsNoObject does not recognize the concept of gender roles]] (and possibly not even gender as a concept), and thanks to genetic engineering the limitations of sex biology ''vis-a-vis'' reproduction and lineage has have been mostly eliminated. Thus, their language doesn't have more than one. The entire book series is written using TranslationConvention for Radch language, meaning that none of its characters (with a few exceptions who are talked about using different languages) [[AmbiguousGender are gendered]].
30th Jun '17 9:23:21 PM Grudgeal
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* The language of the ''Literature/ImperialRadch'' only has a single gender, "she". Radch society does not recognize gender roles, and thanks to genetic engineering the limitations of sex ''vis-a-vis'' reproduction and lineage has been mostly eliminated. Thus, their language doesn't have more than one. The entire book series is written using TranslationConvention for Radch language, meaning that none of its characters (with a few exceptions who are talked about using different languages) [[AmbiguousGender are gendered]].

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* The language of the ''Literature/ImperialRadch'' only has a single gender, "she". Radch society [[GenderIsNoObject does not recognize the concept of gender roles, roles]] (and possibly not even gender as a concept), and thanks to genetic engineering the limitations of sex ''vis-a-vis'' reproduction and lineage has been mostly eliminated. Thus, their language doesn't have more than one. The entire book series is written using TranslationConvention for Radch language, meaning that none of its characters (with a few exceptions who are talked about using different languages) [[AmbiguousGender are gendered]].
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