-->'''Qui-Gon''': Let's see. Electro-axe. Energy mace. "Plasma bow"?? You just took a D&D equipment list and stuck techy words in front, right?
-->'''GM''': Don't be stupid.
-->'''Qui-Gon''': [[LaserBlade Ten foot laser pole...]]
-->''DarthsAndDroids''

Out of the confusing twists and turns of TechnoBabble and ExpoSpeak come the SciFiNameBuzzwords. These are short word components that can be clicked onto an existing word [[WeWillUseWikiWordsInTheFuture portmanteau style]] to make it sound more sciencey.

These tend to rise and fall in favor over time. Using one from a different era can give your technology a retro, period feel. Occurs frequently in SteamPunk, based on the perception that it was common to name things using Latin compound words, i.e. quadro-velocipede, electro-fulminator (both from ''Series/{{Legend}}''). This was actually a feature of Georgian scientific culture, which is what Lovecraft was imitating.

Tack on more than two, and you're off in parody land.

A SuperTrope to SpaceX, PhotoprotoneutronTorpedo.
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!!Examples

* General
** mechano- (early 20th century)
** electro- (1910 or so)
** morpho-
** dyna-
** gravi-
** robo- (since the 1920s)
** [[ILoveNuclearPower atomic]] (particularly during the 1950s)
** cyber- (relatively new, since the 1960's)
** compu- (predates cyber-)
** neuro-
** cyclo-
** synchro-
** turbo-
** meta- (lit. "above", colloquially "beyond")
** -tron
** -tor
** -ite (for minerals/ores)
** -ium (for elements)
** e-
** i- (and it must always be lowercase i, then capital, eg iCarly)
** -oid (like, but not quite the same, i.e. humanoid, jokeoid)
** -izer (mostly for [[EnergyWeapons ray guns]])
** [[PhineasAndFerb -inator]]
** matrix
** fusion (possibly used in conjunction with "core" and/or "crystallic". Or if something goes wrong, the words "reactor", "self-destruct" and/or "meltdown")
* SI scale units
** macro- (big)
** mega- (millions)
** giga- (billions)
** tera- (trillions)
** peta- (...really big!)
** micro- (small)
** nano- (even smaller, see {{Nanomachines}})
** pico- (smaller still)
** femto- (really small)
* Particles
** atomic (in TheFifties, everything was atomic)
** nuclear
** nucleo-
** quantum
** photon
** proton
** neutron
** electron
** molecular
** positron
** tachyon
** lambda
** muon
** ion
** particle (used unqualified)
* Beams
** [[FrickinLaserBeams laser]]
*** graser
*** maser
*** uvaser
*** xaser
** [[StunGun taser]]
** [[Franchise/StarTrek phaser]]
** blazer
** stazer
** [[TabletopGame/{{Munchkin}} bananafanabobaser]]
** Gauss
* Outer Space
** [[SpaceX space-]]
*** In his 1976 how-to-write-SF article "Living the future: You are what you eat!", Gardner Dozois gave a good tirade that culminated with this (cue the author's SarcasmMode):
--->"Well, after all, science fiction is pretty easy to write, isn't it? It's just a matter of using fancy names -- just change the names, apply a thin layer of technologese and jargon, right? Say 'helicar' instead of car, 'helipad' instead of driveway, 'tri-vid' instead of television, 'feelies' (or 'smellies,' or 'grabbies') instead of movies. Better still, use the word 'space' as a prefix for everything: spacesuit, spacegun, spacehelmet, spacehouse, spacedog, spacecow. ... Right? Just change the names and you can write a confession-magazine love story, a cowboy story, a gothic, or a nurse novel, and sell it as science fiction. Right?"
** -space ([[StarWars Hyperspace]], [[{{Halo}} Slipspace]], [[Franchise/StarTrek Subspace]]...)
** star
** galactic/intergalactic
** vortex
** astro-
** cosmo-
** hyper-
** warp
** phase
** (sub)orbit(al)
** planetary/interplanetary
** stellar/interstellar
** flux
** drive (NASA spacecraft engines are called "engines." You never hear of a 747 powered by a "jet drive", do you?)
** (function or location) node
* {{Steampunk}}
** apparatus
** pneumatic
** gyro-
** aether
** magna- or magneto-
** -graph
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