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Pan-Galactic Cursing dictionary

Pan Galactic Cursing Dictionary

WARNING: THIS POST WILL CONTAIN SWEARING, CURSING AND NAUGHTY WORDS YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED!

A-Z

B

Babylon 5

Frag noun, verb, expl 1 Oh Frag! 2 Frag you 3 Go Frag a Dog, It maintains all usages of “fuck,” be it expletive, noun, verb, or adjective.

Shrock noun, verb, expl, adj 1 Oh Shrock! 2 This is Shrock 3 I’m going to take a Shrock.        
additional Information: It maintains all usages of “shit” be it expletive, noun, verb, or adjective. It is used universally in the Babylon 5 universe but is actually a word in the Narn language.

Battlestar Galactica

Frak noun, verb, expl 1 Frak you 2 Anybody wanna Frak 3 Oh Frak! 4 You’re nothing but a worthless frak! It maintains all usages of “fuck,” be it expletive,noun, verb, or adjective.            
See also:                                                                          
Fraking verb,adj 1 I can’t get this Fraking thing to work 2 They were busy Fraking That’s just frakking great… now the Cylons know exactly where we are!                                                                          
additional Information: Popularized by Battlestar Galactica in 1978 with the original spelling of “frack,” changed to the current spelling in the re-imaginedminiseries in 2003.

Toaster noun,adj A racial epithet for Cylons 1 That damn toaster just shot out my engines 2 It’s Toaster tech      
additional Information: Popularized by Battlestar Galactica.

D

Defiance

Stacko noun, verb, expl, adj 1 Oh Stacko! 2 This is Stacko 3 Go eat Stacko!           additional Information: It maintains all usages of “shit” be it expletive, noun, verb, or adjective. It is used universally in the Defiance universe But is a word from the Votan languages.

F

Farcape

Frell adj,noun,verb,expl  1 Frell you 2 Oh Frell                                                    
See Also:                                                                                          
           I  Frelling verb,adj Your favourite coat has just been ruined by a stray shot from a pulse pistol. “Frell! You’ve destroyed my frelling favourite coat.
                II   Frelled                                      
       
additonal Information: The “F” word substitute for the TV series Farscape. Using “Frelling” allowed the characters to swear at will making it seem natural.

Dren adj,noun,verb,expl 1 you frelling piece of dren 2 Oh Dren!                                        
additional Information: Meaning excrement used much as the word Shit is in context and meaning.


additional Information: Farscape (1999–2003) is a science fiction television series, featuring a present-day astronaut who accidentally travels through a wormhole to a distant galaxy on the other side of the Universe.

Firefly

Gorram  adj Those gorram feds are after us A homonymstic conjuction of the words “God” and “damn. additional Information: Popularised by Joss Whedon’s Firefly. 

Rutting vern, adj 1 The Rutting Chain of command 2 Fox was really rutting stupid to cancel Firefly! They were rutting all night long                                      
additional Information:  Used in place of fucking.

G

Game of Thrones

Graddakh expl, adj Refers to waste or refuse can be used to insult or when you want to exclaim but not necessarily insult somebody else, you would say graddakh.

Ifak adj Meaning foreigner (one who walks, walker). Used as a derogatory term for anyone who isn’t a Dothraki, especially insulting therefore to any member of the Dothraki.

Vikeesi adj slang for an annoying woman. Works in a similar way to “Bitch” in English.

H

Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy

Belgium In Douglas Adams’s “The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy” he at one point mentions that this word is the worst profanity in the entire galaxy.

L

Lord of the Rings

Ishkhaqwi ai durugnul! Dwarvish insult meaning “I spit upon your grave!”              
additional Information: Often mistaken for elvish however, it is Dwarvish since it uses the Khuzdul(Dwarvish) preposition “ai” – on or upon the same as in “Baruk khazad,khazad ai menu ‘Axes of the Dwarves, the dwarves are upon you’. 

R

Red Dwarf

Smeg noun, adj, expl 1 Smeg for brains 2 Smeg-Head. Used In reference as meaning waste, possibly derived from the term “Smegma” Also smeg-head is an insult which can mean ‘idiot’ or basically ‘bastard.’                                      
See Also:                                                                                    
Smegging adjYou Smegging Idiot!

Goyt noun, adj Im surrounded by goyt’s!Holly You’re a goyt! Used to refer to or describe a person whom you dislike. Used most effectively in the place of the word Cunt.

Gimboid adj Lister you Gimboid! A derogatory term meaning an idiot or incapable person.

S

Star Trek

P’Tok adj, Klingon insult meaning “spineless Human Child.”

Pahtak adj, Klingon Insult meaning “lowly slave”

Pronunciation video: Pan-Galactic cursing dictionary Archive: Chapter 4: sub-Section 27: Pronunciation

Timings for pronunciations:
0:14 Belgium
0:20 Dren
0:25 Frag
0:30 Frak
0:35 Fraking
0:40 Frell
0:45 Frelled
0:50 Frelling
0:55 Gimboid
1:00 Gorram
1:05 Goyt
1:10 Graddakh
1:15 Ifak
1:20 Ishkhqwi ai durugnul
1:25 Pahtak
1:30 P’tok
1:35 Rutting
1:40 Shrock
1:45 Smeg
1:50 Smegging
1:55 Stacko
2:00 Toaster
2:05 Vikeesi

All Hallows Read

I could try really hard to write an introduction to this post and All Hallows Read but I would not succeed in doing it any better than the master of storytelling himself, Neil Gaiman…

So now you know about all hallows read, take the time while your out dressing as vampire’s and ghouls and getting up to all sorts of hobgoblin nonsense to give, lend or buy a scary book for someone close to you. Below you will find a few of our own suggestions, to add to the many on the All Hallows read website, along with other cool related stuff. The website has recently over gone a revamp so there’s plenty to sink your teeth into.

Awesome Scary Booooooooks

The Complete Tales and Poems of Edgar Allan Poe.

Edgar Allen Poe was the master of the weird and wonderful a god amongst horror writers. Having not been able to choose a single story I have cheated some-what by suggesting you by a copy of his anthologised works. Here you will find true horror and make you wonder who is tapping, As if some one gently rapping, rapping at your chamber door……

Amazon link : Complete Tales and Poems of Edgar Allan Poe, The (Barnes & Noble Leatherbound Classics)

Anno Dracula By Kim Newman.

This is a wonderful take on what happened after the end of Bram Stoker’s classic horror novel Dracula. To the contrary of what you may have believed it did not return to normal and in fact the vampire’s have risen to take control of Britain and Van Helsing’s head is on a pike in front of Buckingham palace. A creepy and in depth look at what happened to the remaining characters that will leave you wanting more.

Amazon link: Anno Dracula (Anno Dracula 1)

Interview with the vampire By Anne Rice.

Popularised by the film adaptation starring Brad Pitt and Tom Cruise, this was the original book that got everyone talking about vampire’s(before they sparkled). Creatures of lust and violence and conflict, If your a fan of vampire’s 1.Why haven’t you read it yet and 2.this book and the other work’s of Anne Rice are almost definitely for you.

Amazon link: Interview With The Vampire: Number 1 in series (Vampire Chronicles)

Coraline By Neil Gaiman.

Maybe you’ve seen the animated film adaptation of this short novel but although good, it doesn’t come close to the original. A Children’s book that will appeal to adults as well, the story of a child that finds a door to another world that seems the same but hurriedly becomes the stuff of nightmares.

Amazon link: Coraline

If you read only one book this year you’re an illiterate fool!

A REVIEW OF GREAT LITERATURE

NEVERWHERE By Neil Gaiman

1.Original Cover with Dave McKean artwork 2.Graphic Novel Cover 3. & 4. Alternate Later release Covers.

This book originated as a novelization of a BBC television serial from the 1990’s by Neil and comedian Lenny Henry. The plot and characters are almost the same as in the series, Except that the novel allowed Gaiman to expand and elaborate on certain elements of the story and restore a few  changes made from the original plan for the televised version.

Tv Show Image Left to Right – Door, Hunter and Richard

Although the novel has done very well, the television series did not do nearly as well suffering from very little international exposure, However it is by far my favourite TV series of all time and definitely worth the watch. The original book cover was art created for the TV series opening credits (Which are awesome) by long time Gaiman collaborator Dave McKean, seen above.The plot follows Richard Mayhew a Scottish gentleman who travels to London, Upon the start of the novel his life seems very ordinary (Isn’t that always the way). However upon meeting a apparently homeless girl he is drawn into a parallel London filled with places and people that have fallen through gaps in time. Bound together this parallel world has its own rules and an eery connection to the London underground map. There’s the girl, named Door, and people are trying to kill her. There’s an angel called Islington and Old Bailey who lives among the rooftops. There are intelligent rats and rat speakers, and an earl who holds court on an underground train, and more dangers and delights that are beyond imagining.If you have not been living under a rock you are probably aware of Mr Gaiman’s work even if you had not accredited it to him(examples of which are below). Neverwhere stands for me as the pinnacle of his body of work which is exceptional already.

Original Release – 1996

Recommended other works by same author

American gods, Coraline, Stardust, Anansi boys, Smoke and mirrors, Fragile things, Sandman, Good Omens, Doctor Who episode “The Doctor’s wife” S6 E4.

Adaptations

TV series, Play, graphic novel, Audiobook.

Amazon link

Neverwhere

ENDER’S GAME By Orson Scott Card

Ender’s Game is a science fiction novel by Orson Scott Card. Set in Earth’s future, the novel begins on a future earth where the human race has barely survived two conflicts with a race of insectoid aliens, normally called “Buggers”. In preparation for an anticipated third invasion by the buggers, an international Space fleet maintains a school to find and train future fleet commanders. This school is known as Battle school and as the novel begins Ender Wiggin, the novels protagonist, is offered a place at this prestigious institution. Along side the main story through other characters the novel also portrays the political turmoil beginning on the planet that was supposedly subsided by the previous invasions.

The book originated as the short story “Ender’s Game”, published in the August 1977 issue of Analog Science Fiction and Fact. Elaborating on characters and plot lines depicted in the novel, Card later wrote additional books to form the Ender’s Game series. Ender’s Game won the 1985 Nebula Award for best novel and the 1986 Hugo Award for best novel. Card released an updated version of Ender’s Game in 1991, changing some political facts to accurately reflect the times. A film adaptation of the same name directed by Gavin Hood and co-produced by Card himself is planned for release on November 1, 2013. I await this incarnation with anticipation and dread, put the difficulties of capturing this novel with all of its intricacies aside and there has still been some rather bizarre casting choices. Although I wish to be disproved, I’m calling it now, this film is likely to be a massive disappointment of “Prometheus” levels.

Release Date – 1985/1991

Recommended other works by same author – Speaker for the Dead, Xenocide, Children of the Mind, Ender in Exile, War of Gifts, Ender’s Shadow.

Adaptations – graphic novel, film, Audiobook.

Amazon link –

Ender’s Game (Ender Saga)

WORLD WAR Z By Max Brooks

World War Z is quite possibly the greatest post-apocalyptic Zombie horror novel. By Max Brooks, it follows up his 2003 book, The Zombie Survival Guide, a how to guide for the zombie apocalypse. World War Z is supposedly a collection of individual accounts in the form of first-person anecdotes surrounding the characters experiences of the zombie apocalypse. The set up for the book is that Brooks writes as an agent of the United Nations Postwar Commission, who published the book as a report a decade after the ten-year Zombie War. The United Nations supposedly left much of his research out of the official report, choosing to focus on facts and figures from the war rather than the individual stories that form the bulk of Brooks’ novel.

The audio book version, performed by a full cast including Alan Alda, Mark Hamill and John Turturro, won an Audie Award in 2007. A film based upon the book is in production, and is set for a June 2013 release. Unlike Ender’s game a film based on this brilliant book fills me with nothing but excitement.

Release Date – 2003

Recommended other works by same author – The Zombie Survival Guide

Adaptations – Audio book, Movie.

Amazon link –

World War Z

LIES OF LOCK LAMORA By Scott Lynch

The Lies of Locke Lamora is a fantasy novel by Scott Lynch. It follows the adventures of a group of con artists known as the Gentlemen Bastards. They live in a city called Camorr, Imagine Hustle in medieval Venice throw in a complex system of gang culture and magic and you get an idea of this book.

The Lies of Locke Lamora is the first book in a projected series of seven, the third of which Republic of Thieves is due to come out some time in the next 12 months. It is by far the most wonderfully original and Intelligent fantasy novel i’ve read in a long time and I hope you too can soon enjoy the torture of waiting for future installments which Scott Lynch releases at destressingly long intervals.

Release Date – 2006

Other work by same author – Red seas under red skies, Queen of the Iron Sands.

Adaptations – Audiobook.

Amazon Link –

The Lies of Locke Lamora

NIGHT WATCH By Sergei Lukyanenko

Night Watch is a fantasy novel by Russian writer Sergei Lukyanenko published in 1998. The story revolves around a confrontation between two opposing supernatural groups, known as “Others”, the Night Watch is an organization dedicated to policing the actions of the Dark Others and their counterparts the Day Watch, which polices the actions of the Light Others. The story follows primarily the life of Anton Gorodetsky a low-ranking member of the night watch who steadily gets entangled in the plans of the dark others which are way above his pay grade. It is a completely new and interesting look at the hidden paranormal world in plain sight idea that will have you screaming for more.

The novel is first in a pentalogy that continues with Day Watch, Twilight Watch, Final Watch, and New Watch. The first story of the novel, Destiny, was made into a successful Russian film, Night Watch, which, although keeping the characters and many of the events of the original novel, alters some significant elements of the story. It also had a sequel which completely diverged from the plot of the novels and had very little success.

Rating

Release Date – 1998

Other work by same author – Day Watch, Twilight Watch, New Watch.

Adaptations – Movie, English translation by Andrew Bromfield.

Amazon link –

The Night Watch

SERIES SPECIAL PICK

THE DRESDEN FILES By Jim Butcher

The Dresden Files is a series fantasy/mystery novels written by Jim Butcher. Each story follows the point of view of the main character, private investigator and wizard Harry Dresden, as he  investigates into supernatural disturbances in modern-day Chicago. Butcher’s original proposed title for the first novel was “Semiautomagic” Which gives you a good feel for the novels. Starting with Storm Front there are now 13 novels with number 14 Cold days due to hit stores November 27 of this year.

In 2007, a television series based on the novels, also called The Dresden Files, aired for one season on the American Sci-Fi Channel. It changed a few details which were quite grating and didn’t do well thus not meriting a second season. One great thing from the television series was the portrayal of Bob a spirit imbued with unfathomable amounts of information bound to a skull, who is also a fan of bodice ripper fiction and a disdain for most of humanity. What was a great character in this book series is wonderfully portrayed in the television adaptation by Terrence Mann (pictured below).

Bob Spirit of information and lover of trashy romance novels. AKA Terrence Mann.

What is wonderful about this series is that once you pick up any of the novels you are instantly immersed even after multiple readings of the same one I still gain large ammounts of enjoyment from them. Upon reading them for the first they are engrossing to the point of damage to personal and professional life during the 2 days hunched over your copy. One of the most easy and enjoyable reads that i have ever experienced.

First Novel – Storm Front

Release Date – 2000-Present

Adaptations – TV series, Graphic Novel.

Amazon link – Storm Front (The Dresden Files Book One)