A Runner's Guide to Common Street Vernacular

Courtesy of WorldWide WordWatch

KEY
(vul) = vulgar
(jap) = Japanese or “Japlish” loanword
v. = verb
adj. = adjective
n. = noun

Angel n. A benefactor, especially an unknown one. Nutrisoy n. Cheaply processed food product, derived from soybeans.
Arc n. An arcology. Nuyen n. World standard of currency.
Breeder n. Ork slang for a “normal” Human. Oyabun n. (Jap) Head of a Yakuza clan.
Business n. In slang context, crime. Also, “Biz.” Paydata n. A datafile worth money on the black market.
Buzz Go away. Buzz off. Plex n. A metropolitan complex, or “metroplex”.
Chipped adj. Senses, skills, reflexes, muscles, and so on, enhanced by cyberware. Poli n. A policlub or policlub member.
Chummer n. “Pal” or “Buddy”. Razorguy n. Heavily cybered samurai or other muscle.
Comm n. The telephone. Samurai n. (Jap) Mercenary or muscle for hire. Implies honor code.
Corp n. Corporation. adj. Corporate Sarariman n. (Jap) From “salaryman.” A corporate employee.
Dandelion Eater n., adj. Elf or elven. Highly Insulting. Screamer n. Credstick or other ID that triggers computer alarms if used.
Dataslave n. Corporate decker or other data processing employee. Seoul Man n. A member of a Seoulpa ring.
Datasteal n. Theft of data from a computer, usually by decking. Seoulpa ring n. A small criminal gang with connections to others like it.
Deck n. A cyberdeck. v. To use a cyberdeck, usually illegally. Shaikujin n. (Jap) Lit. “Honest citizen.” A corporate employee.
Decker n. Pirate cyberdeck user. Derived from 20th-centery term “Hacker”. Simsense n. ASIST sensory broadcast or recording.
Deckhead n. Simsense abuser; anyone with a datajack or chipjack. Slot v. Mild curse word.
Drek n. (vul) A common curse word. adj. Drekky Slot and Run v. Hurry up. Get to the point. Move it.
Dumped v. Involuntarily ejected from the Matrix. So ka (Jap) I understand. I get it.
Exec v. Corporate executive. Soykaf n. Ersatz coffee substitute made from soybeans.
Fetishman n. A talismonger. Sprawl n. a metroplex (see Plex); v. fraternize below one’s social level.
Frag v. Common swear word. adj. Fragging. Suit n. A “straight citizen.” See Shaikujin, Sarariman.
Geek v. To kill. System Identification Number (SIN) n. Identification number assigned to each person in the society.
Go-go-go n. A bike gang or gang member. Trid n. Three-dimensional successor to video.
Heatwave n. Police crackdown. Trog n. (vul) An Ork or Troll. From “troglodyte.” Highly insulting.
Hoi Hi, Hello. (Familiar form) Vatjob n. A person with extensive cyberware replacement, reference is to a portion of the process during which the patient must be submerged in nutrient fluid.
Hose v. Louse up. Screw up. Wagemage n. A magician (usually mage) employed by a corporation.
Ice n. Security software. “Intrusion Countermeasures,” or IC. Wetwork n. Assassination. Murder.
Jack v. Jack In, or enter cyberspace. Jack out, or leave cyberspace. Wired adj. Equipped with cyberware, especially increased reflexes.
Jander v. To walk in an arrogant yet casual manner; to strut. Wizard n. A magician, usually a mage; adj. gear, wonderful, excellent.
Kobun n. (Jap) Member of a Yakuza clan. Wizworm n. slang. A dragon.
Mr. Johnson n. Refers to an anonymous employer or corporate agent. Yak n. (Jap) Yakuza. Either a clan member or a clan itself.
Mundane n., adj. (vul) Non-magician or non-magical.

A Runner's Guide to Common Street Vernacular

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