Welcome to the Seattle Metroplex, chummer!

Some lingo for the streets…

Angel
n. A benefactor, especially an unknown one.
Artist (either “ART-ist” or “ar-TEE-st”)
n. An extremely professional hit-man, who usually has a signature.
Ballerina
n. A reflex-boosted female assassin in the employ of a major corp (cf. company man).
Beetle
n., adj. A BTL simsense chip or recording. From the acronym, “Better Than Life.”
Benji
n.,adj. A robot gaurd dog (cf. electrocur).
Berserkide
n. Any combat drug, particularly Black Lace. Also, freakers.
Bioroid
n. 1. A full-body conversion cyborg, ie. a person whose Essence has been nearly reduced to zero.
Bit-Brain
n. Decker slang for anyone of seemingly low intelligence (eg. a brain with only one neuron - on or off).
Black Clinic
n. A medical facility which specializes in the implantation of illegal or unregistered cyberware.
Body Bank
n. Any legal or illegal chop-shop specializing in storing, buying, selling, installing, or (often, forcibly) removing organic or cybernetic body parts.
Body Sculpt
n. The process of having the body totally re-molded by vat-grown tissue & advanced plastic surgery.
Booster Gang
n. A gang that uses cyberware, leathers, and violence as a way of life. Also, boostergang.
Bopper
n. A robot.
Breeder
n. Ork slang for a “normal” human.
Bushi
n. (jpn) Honor or Code of Honor. A key concept for most shadowrunners, as they have little else to call their own at times.
Business
n. In slang context, crime. Also, biz.
Chip-truth
n. The absolute truth.
Chiphead
n. A person addicted to simsense chips.
Chromed
adj. The state of being equipped with obvious offensive augmentations.
Chummer
n. A familiar greeting or form of address meaning, “pal” or “buddy.”
Cityspeak
n. A hybrid street language, incorporating a mishmash of Japanese, Spanish, German, Cantonese, etc. Also called, Towntalk (cf. Tunneltalk).
Coffin
n. A 1×1×2 meter motel room with few accoutrements other than a foam bed/floor, (often) a public trid-phone entertainment unit, and scarcely enough room to allow the patron to crawl in and close the door.
Coffin Hotel
n. A rack of coffin-sized rooms (cf.), usually six to twelve across and four or five levels high. Originally a Japanese hospitality solution, that has now become a lifestyle for some of the more downtrodden.
Cowboy
n. A very hot, professional decker or netrunner. Also, console cowboy.
Dandelion Eater
n., adj. Elf or elven, highly insulting.
Dataslave
n. A corporate decker or other data processing employee.
Datasteal
n. The theft of data from a computer, usually by decking.
Decker
n. A pirate cyberdeck user (cf. netrunner), derived from the 20-Cen term, “hacker.”
Dimmer
adj. Mage slang for a Bioroid or anyone with over ½ essence lost.
Dink
n. Gang slang for a member of a rival gang.
Dock
v. To have sex.
Double Tap
v. To cleanly kill with a single gunshot, usually to the head (The term refers to the twin, entry and exit wounds).
Drek
n., x. (vul) A common scatological curse word, as in “bulldrek;” adj. drekky.
Dumped
v. To be involuntarily ejected while rigging, while in the Matrix, or during a simsense viewing.
Dump shock
n. The mild (!) disorientation resulting from the rapid cutoff of a simsense signal.
Dust
v. (mil) To kill or assassinate.
Edgerunner
n. A shadowrunner. Lit. one who lives on the edge.
Edgezone
n. A “strip” (eg. the Vegas strip), gray area (eg. Nightcity), or an area of potential “coolness.”
Enclave
n. Any corporate, subsidized housing, a.k.a. “the projects.”
Face
n. Street slang for a confidence (or con
) man.
Fixer
n. A fence, arranger, or power broker of the streets, who acts as a go-between, dealmaker, or information broker.
Fodder
n. A derogatory term fixers use for street samurai and solos.
Frag
v., x. (vul) A common curse word, as in “frag you!” adj. fragging or fraggin’.
Freezer
n. A slang word used to describe the banks of cryogenic systems used to store wealthy individuals who have put themselves in storage for revival at a later date for various reasons.
Geek
v. To kill.
Glitch
n. A derogatory term for complete and utter screw up.
Glitterboy/girl/folk
n. A rich person, media figure, rock star or simsense star.
Glitterclothes
n. Clothes made of flickerclading material.
Goblinization
n., adj. (often, vul) Derogatory slang for the 2011 UGE, normally reserved for refering to Orks & Trolls.
Go(-go-go)-Gang
n. A type of thriller gang, whose mofit is motorcycles & whose turf often consists of a stretch of highway.
Groggy
n., adj. Lit. “half-Awakened.” A derogatory term for an adept or aspected magician. Also, semi-mundo.
Grunge
n. (vul) A derogatory term for an ork.
Gutterpunk
n. A slang term for street riffraff. Also, guttersnipe.
Hooding
adj. 1. Lit. robbing from the rich & giving to the poor; 2. Any shadowrun spurred more by a committment to social justice than anything else.
Hotdogger
n., adj. A derogatory term for inexperienced deckers.
Hound-Tipping
n. The popular street practice of ambushing and reprogramming police robohounds.
IC (“ice”)
n. A shorthand form of the term, ICE. From the acronym, “Intrusion Countermeasures.”
Magetalk
n. The unofficial lingo of the magically-active crowd.
Meat Puppet
n. A prostitute whose memory and/or senses are disabled while “working,” usually with a puppet chip.
Meat Rack
n. A house of ill repute.
Meat-Space
n. Decker slang for the physical world, ie. the opposite of cyberspace.
Ninja
n., adj. Of or relating to a freelanced assassin (cf. samurai).
Nuyen
n. The world standard of currency, used for Japanese foreign markets.
Organlegger
n. Street slang for one who deals in illegal body parts.
Oyabun
n. (jpn) The head of a Yakuza clan.
Paydata
n. A datafile worth money on the black market.
Pixie
n. (brit) A derogatory term for elves or elven sympathizers.

Poser
n. 1. A person who pretends to be something they are not, especially through surgery; 2. A posergang member.
Poser-Gang
n. A gang whose members all adpot a specific style or look, usually through cosmetic/cyber modifications.
Rat-Lab
n. Street slang for prisons under the Provincial U.S., where prisoners were used for medical, chemical, cybernetic, etc. research.
Shadowrun
n. Any movement, action, or series of such made in carrying out plans which are illegal or quasi-legal.
SimSense
n. A simulated sensory broadcast or recording of another person’s experiences. See, ASIST.
Trid
n. An abbreviation of “trideo,” the three-dimensional successor to video.
Tusker
n. (vul) A derogatory term for an ork or troll.
VITAS
n. An abbreviation for Virally Inducted Toxic Allergy Syndrome. The 2010+ version of the Bubonic Plague.
Wetwork
n. A corporate slang term for an assassination or an operation involving murder.
Zoned
adj. Of or relating to being: 1. Drunk; 2. Out of it; 3. Unconscious.

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