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A Glossary of words particular to IB parlance, and also of words spelled differently *there* and such as might show up in news articles or quotations. Feel free to add any that you come across!


A - B - C - D - E - F - G - H - I - J - K - L - M - N - O - P - Q - R - S - T - U - V - W - X - Y - Z

A

Aeolification

The conversion of an economy to wind power - part of the Ecotopic agenda where wind power is viable

Aerodrome

A place to go and catch an airship

Aeroport

A usually military airstrip where aeroplanes can take off and land

Afroes

A non-derogatory term for the black population of North-America.

B

Banca

General term for a multi-hulled boat or ship (which are much more common *there*). From the Tagalog bañca. The pan-Oceanic terms vaka and waka are also used for certain types of craft.

Blue Men

see "Little Blue Men"

C

Council Fire

1. The governing body of province Aquanishuonigy.
2. A supra-governmental body within the NAL-SLC. See Council Fire.
3. The Senate of province Utawia.

cruiner

A popular term denoting any of a number of popular soft voiced male singers of the 1940s and 1950s whose ballads soothed the souls of millions and created a whole subgenre of popular singing. [fr. Scots "cruin", to sing a soft lament]

D

Dixay

Also the Land o Dixay. The southern tier of American provinces; traditionally, this includes Louisiana, as it became an American province following the 1828 War. Supposedly named after the Dixay Dollar, which was a very popular 5/- note of that era that included inscriptions in French, codenominated "Un Dollar Americain".

Down Yonder

The Antipodes (when viewed from a Northern Hemisphere perspective)

Dune

(philately) A postage stamp, usually produced by a small country mainly for collectors, that is large, colorful, and bears a theme unrelated to the national culture. So called because they were first produced in the Thousand Emirates.

F

Fifthing (Fithing in Ouisconsin law)

One division of five, particularly in Ouisconsin

Furacano (-oes)

Hurricane, from Portuguese furacão

G

Giropont

Landing pad designated for use by autogiros

Giroponto

una plataforma de atterizaje que se usa por los autogiros

Giroport

an aerodrome designed to handle autogiro traffic

Giroporto

un aeródromo para acomodar los autogiros

J

Jass

Jazz; a form of American popular music.

K

Kawar

Robot; an artificial life-form powered by a computer or non-biological life source.

L

Land o Dixay

see Dixay

Licence

(n.) Licen(sc)e.

License

(vb.) License.

Little Blue Men

Martians; space aliens, especially of the pulp sci-fi variety, are traditionally depicted as being about four to five feet tall and blue in colour. Referred to not-infrequently by Geoff Sessions with regard to Louisiannan politics.

N

Neverending Eurowar

(n.) 1. the series of wars that have plagued the European continent since the dawn of recorded history (and probably before); 2. a commentary especially on the supposedly modern and civilised xx century and its continued participation in warfare.

Nova Constellatio

A poetic name for the NAL-SLC, most likely in reference to the new collection of provinces as stars in a constellation. V. rare after about 1818. The copper coins of the fledgling NAL bore "Nova Constel(latio)" as common inscriptions. 2003 and subsequent years saw a revival of the inscription on coins.

P

Pandit

Pundit, political commentator.

Q

Quhelby

a kind of raucous Hiberno-Caribbean dance.

V

vompire

vampire.

Z

Zidico

Zydeco. A kind of popular American music; one of the bases for many kinds of fusion music around the world.

Notes

In the spelling of verbs and nouns with related meanings and the similar pronunciations, *here*'s OED policy is used:

The spelling license, though still often met with, has no justification in the case of the n. In the case of the vb., on the other hand, although the spelling licence is etymologically unobjectionable, license is supported by the analogy of the rule universally adopted in the similar pairs of related words, practice n., practise vb., prophecy n., prophesy vb. (The rule seems to have arisen from imitation of the spelling of pairs like advice n., advise vb., which expresses a phonetic distinction of historical origin.)
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