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What Would Orcs Call Humans?

Discussion in 'World Building' started by Bruce McKnight, Dec 7, 2018.

  1. Bruce McKnight

    Bruce McKnight Troubadour

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    I'm looking to add a little more personality to my POV orcs and want to think of what (probably derogatory) word they would call humans.

    I mean, I can use the word human, because they probably have a standard word for whatever "human" means and it would likewise translate, but I'm looking for a good slang word.

    "Pinkskins" is an old standby and I really liked when Jonathan French has his half-orcs call them "frails" in The Grey Bastards, but I'm looking for something else.

    My orcs live above and below ground in rocky lands on the other side of the mountains from the humans, who dwell in green pastures and woodlands. They're physically superior to humans and naturally better warriors (pretty standard) and I'm looking for what slanderous or offensive terms they might call humans.

    Any ideas?
     
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  2. Gurkhal

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    How about one of these?

    Breakbones?
    Pinks?
    Bleeders?
    Runners?
    Screamers?
     
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  3. Orc Knight

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    Could probably turn 'Farmers' into a derisive form, since it's an old standby. 'Softies', for both the land and lack of any natural armor or the like. Might call a knight or something 'Canned rations', if they have tin cans. 'Meat' is another good one. Particularly if the orc's don't mind eating them or just look at them as little better then cattle.
     
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  4. Night Gardener

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    Ragdolls
    Fragiles
    Bag of Bones
    Scarecrows
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    Brittles
    Tin Soldiers
     
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  5. Northern

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    In the Disciples game series the Orc faction calls humans "Smooth Skins" which I always thought was pretty good.
     
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  6. Orc Knight

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    Yeah, but the ghouls call humans in Fallout. Even if it makes sense there's still the possibility of people remembering that.
     
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    CupofJoe Myth Weaver

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  8. Bruce McKnight

    Bruce McKnight Troubadour

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    "Bleeder"! Love it, totally in line with my orcs!
     
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  9. Bruce McKnight

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    "Canned rations" has a lot of syllables, but I need to find away to work that into a joke.
     
  10. Night Gardener

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    Squishies.
     
  11. D. Gray Warrior

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    Well, I imagine orcs being somewhat barbaric, and humans being more civilized, so Orcs could see being civilized as a bad thing and use insults based on that.
     
  12. elemtilas

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    Beat me to it! (Was going to say "dinner". With drinks.)
     
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