Created By: Erpegis on July 13, 2013

Planet Foorth

Erth, Urth, Yrth, Erf... sounds kinda like English word for Earth.

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Alternate Earths often have a funny sounding name - sometimes it's Future Imperfect version of Earth, sometimes it's a parallel dimension.
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  • July 13, 2013
    xanderiskander
    Do you have any examples by chance?

  • July 13, 2013
    zarpaulus
    • Earth has become known as "Urth" in Fading Suns, presumably because most of the human race in this Feudal Future is illiterate.
    • In Primal Rage the post-apocalyptic world after the primal gods awaken is known as "Urth".
    • In Last Res0rt Planet Earth was corrupted into "Terth" sometime in the past two thousand years.
  • July 13, 2013
    QuantumReality
    • In Psychohistorical Crisis, Earth has become "Rith", and the people who still live on it are called Rithians.
  • July 13, 2013
    DRCEQ
    Planet Urth would be a better name. Getting "Earth" out of "Foorth" is really stretching it.
  • July 13, 2013
    spacemarine50
    This is Captain Erstaz or Expy of the planet earth.
  • July 13, 2013
    DAN004
    Compare Planet Terra.
  • July 14, 2013
    MattStriker
    The default setting for GURPS Fantasy is called "Yrth". It's explicitly a parallel Earth, populated with creatures and cultures drawn from other parallels by supernatural rifts.
  • July 14, 2013
    SharleeD
    The planet where the Greyhawk setting for Dungeons And Dragons can be found is named Oerth.
  • July 14, 2013
    JonnyB
    Second Planet Urth.
  • July 14, 2013
    MattStriker
    Another Tabletop Games example:

    The world of The Dark Eye is called "Erath" in the english translation. In the original german it is called "Dere", an anagram of "Erde"...Earth.
  • July 14, 2013
    NESBoy
    In Elvis And Slick Monty, Slick himself and his cousin Kirk come from a parallel Earth known as Garth. Meanwhile, albino man-squirrels Tom and Pepe come from Farth, which is another parallel Earth.
  • July 14, 2013
    DAN004
    Bizarro Superman hails from planet "Htrae".
  • July 14, 2013
    JonnyB
    In the Star Trek The Animated Series episode, "The Counter-Clock Incident", Earth in the antimatter universe, where the flow of time was reversed, is called "Arret" ("Terra", spelled backwards).

    In CS Lewis' Space Trilogy, Earth is referred to by non-terrestrials as "Thulcandra".

    In the John Carter Of Mars novels, Earth is called "Jasoom".

    Not sure if the last two examples fit the concept of the trope, but throwing them in there.
  • July 15, 2013
    aurora369
    This also produces big troubles when translating a word that sounds similar to "Earth" but different into languages that lack the specifically English sounds like "ur" as in "Earth", or "th". For example, the aforemented Yrth has to be transliterated into Russian as "Irsa", because locals cannot pronounce "Yrth".
  • July 15, 2013
    Duncan
    In the Future Imperfect of the Stainless Steel Rat series, no one's really sure if the Earth That Was was called "Dirt" or "Earth".
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