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  • The Doggy Dictionary

    So in a world without humans, where animals are hyper evolved, obviously the dialect is going to change some for the residents of Pugmire. The purpose of this thread is a bit of fun for us to pose ideas for what we think certain words could / would mean in a world governed by dogs.



    Alpha: A social, political or militaristic leader. The one in charge of a particular group.


    Heel: Come closer, follow.


    Puppy: Child, underage dog. (alternatively 'pup')


    Puppies: Plural term for puppy. (alternatively 'pups')


    Relic: Artifacts of Man left behind after their extinction.


    Man: The collective human race. (alternatively, a male human)


    Code of Man: The predominate religion / philosophy that dogs strive to adhere to.


    Good Dog: A dog who dutifully lives by the Code of Man.


    Bad Dog: A dog who violates or refuses to live by the Code of Man


    Bitch: A female canine of any breed. Unlike in the time of Man, the word is not considered insulting to use.


    Rabid: A state of criminally dangerous and presumably incurable mental instability.


    Hound: A soldier


    Shepherd: A law enforcement agent


    Neuter: The act of castration, particularly upon males.While normally reserved for punishing Bad Dogs, some radicals believe voluntary neutering is a sign of one's devotion to the Code of Man.


    Pound, the: A correctional facility. A prison or jailhouse.


    Muzzle: A restraining device used to prevent Bad Dogs from using their fangs on others.


    Leash: A restraining device used to forcefully escort Bad Dogs from one destination to another, as well as keep them from running away.
    Last edited by Nyrufa; 09-16-2015, 05:57 PM.

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    Lap Dog: A sycophant, a mooch. An adult dog who relies on others to provide for their well being.


    Rat Dog: A dog who is prone to making empty threats. A racial slur for breeds of diminutive size.


    Obedience School: An educational facility where one can receive training in the Code of Man.


    Collar: A restraining device used to denote one's status as a prisoner.


    Bath, a: A form of torture involving repeatedly submersing the victim in water.


    Fetch: To retrieve something for someone. To return lost or stolen property to its rightful owner.


    Tummy Rub: A frontal massage particularly focusing on the abdominal region..


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    • #3
      Originally posted by Nyrufa View Post
      Hound: A soldier or law enforcement agent.
      Just a thought: Why not:

      Hound: A soldier.

      Shepherd: A law enforcement agent.


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      • #4
        Hmmm, that does make more sense. Leading the flock, kind of thing.

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        • #5
          Sniff: Slang synonym for "investigate" - can be used as a verb or noun (e.g. "We took a sniff."). This is in addition to its normal meaning, "to smell".

          Lick: To show affection. (e.g. "What kind of bitch never licks her pups?")

          Wag: A physical sign of happiness/satisfaction. (e.g. "Whatever he says, just keep wagging until he goes away.")

          Housebroken: Civilized, cultured, clean. (e.g. "Look at how he grooms himself - now that's a housebroken dog!")

          Wolf: Barbarian, unhousebroken dog. Sometimes used in reference to Bad Dogs to denote aggressive behavior.

          Fox: Bad Dog who lies or steals regularly.


          On the frontier of the Wild South, there's only one woman with the grit to take on its most dangerous outlaws and bring them Back Alive, or Maybe Dead.

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          • #6
            It's awesome that you folks are discussing this! It looks like a lot of interesting ideas. I did want to mention quickly, however, that the word "bitch" won't be used in Pugmire -- while there was at one point a valid canine use of the word, it doesn't add enough value to the game to overcome the connotations we have placed on it.

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            • #7
              Aww.


              btw, I tried to shy away from using other species (wolf / fox) as slang because it was stated they were thinking of ideas for other races. Didn't want to risk confusion.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by Nyrufa View Post
                btw, I tried to shy away from using other species (wolf / fox) as slang because it was stated they were thinking of ideas for other races. Didn't want to risk confusion.
                I thought of that, but then it occured to me that Dogs are not necessarily immune to racist or speciest stereotypes.


                On the frontier of the Wild South, there's only one woman with the grit to take on its most dangerous outlaws and bring them Back Alive, or Maybe Dead.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by Uniform Two Six View Post
                  Just a thought: Why not:

                  Hound: A soldier.

                  Shepherd: A law enforcement agent.
                  Aren't shepherds clergy, like Picassa Collie?


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                  • #10
                    I was thinking in terms of, like, German Shepherd... but anyway, I think that the connotation of "shepherding the flock" being applied to the clergy would be a more human interpretation. If this is a society of uplifted dogs, I would think the flock-guarding tradition of many of the larger (built) sheep-herding breeds would be more prominent in their minds.


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                    • #11
                      Dog Catcher: A restraining device once used by ancient humans in the shape of a pole with a spring locked collar on one end. It is used to capture bad dogs while keeping them at a safe distance.

                      (Dog version of a Man Catcher, but less gruesome.)


                      Mutt: A derogatory term for dogs of mixed breeding or poor upbringing. Primarily used by those of the upper class.


                      Pedigree: A term for dogs of strong lineages and pure bloodlines. Primarily used by those of the upper class.


                      Chew Toy: A soft, durable material that is highly resistant to wear and tear.


                      Ball: An orb, a spherical shaped object.

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                      • #12
                        Peta: A blasphemous cult who claims beasts should forsake the Code of Man.


                        Car Ride: A tempting trap, an offer that seems too good to be true. (This sounds like a car ride, to me!)


                        Stray: A homeless beast, a wanderer, a vagabond.


                        Lassie: A dog sent to retrieve emergency help. (If that Lassie hadn't been so fast, you might have drowned!"

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                        • #13
                          Ankle-biter:
                          A Dog that has gained notoriety through dueling. Usually describes lethal duelists from the less physically-imposing Families.
                          Note: Sometime used to describe fencers from other Houses, such as Pug and Terrier, it is more frequently used to describe the blademasters of House Chihuahua.

                          Yappy:
                          To be an overtly vocal proponent of the Code of Man.

                          Scoot:
                          The act of scratching an itch that develops in a nigh-unreachable part the body, one that cannot be scratched without the aid of an external structure such as a wall or floor.


                          This is what happens when an Abyssal Exalted ends up in H.o.L.
                          (Also known as "Derpwraith" and "PretentiousFontsGuy
                          ").

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                          • #14
                            Vack-Oom: A mythical creature said to relentlessly terrorize dogs in the time of man.

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by Nyrufa View Post
                              Vack-Oom: A mythical creature said to relentlessly terrorize dogs in the time of man.
                              "It can eat and yell at the same time. And I've seen it eat everything- seriously, like, a paperclip and two cat toys. Didn't even flinch."

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