Vocabulary of the Orion Arm: The C’s

Vocabulary of the Orion Arm: The C's

Trade was originally developed over 120,000 years ago during the founding of the Covenant on the calerre homeworld of Cadelle. The Covenant at that time was comprised of refugees, adventurers, mercenaries, and other ne’er-do-wells, many of who didn’t speak each other’s language.

Trade was originally a stripped-down, easily taught and learned mercantile language. It was designed for trading, defending the Covenant from military attack, conveying the most basic of needs, and nothing else. It eventually became the de facto common tongue of the Covenant and began to pick up phrases and vocabulary from across Cadelle, and eventually from across the Orion Arm.

Read on to learn common Trade words that start with the English letter C.

  • Cackle (aco, slang): 1. Gossip. 2. Deliver compromising or secret information. From British Polari.
  • Cal (valka, slang): Shit. From Nadsat, derived from kal (excrement).
  • Camp (aco, slang): Aggressively flamboyant and unapologetic about one’s identity. From British Polari.
  • Cantora (valka, slang): Office, usually a barracks, police station, or government building full of people who want to ruin your fun. From Nadsat, derived from kontora (office).
  • Capello (aco, slang): Hat or helmet. From British Polari.
  • Carman (valka, slang): Pocket, concealed holster, or hideyhole for contraband. From Nadsat, derived from karman (pocket).
  • Carsey (aco, slang): 1. Toilet. 2. Anyplace private. From British Polari.
  • Cats (aco, slang): Trousers. From British Polari.
  • Chalisching (chiroptim, slang): 1. Fainting. 2. Desperately wanting something. From Yiddish.
  • Chaltakhzhiy (chiroptim, term): Vicious rumors, malicious gossip. The bane of any chiroptim ghetto.
  • Charper (aco, slang): To look for, to chase after. From British Polari.
  • Charpering Omi (aco, slang): Policeman or anyone in a similar position of authority, like a manager, overseer, or aco catcher. From British Polari.
  • Charver (aco, slang): Sexual intercourse. From British Polari.
  • Chasha (valka, slang): Vagina. From Nadsat, derived from chashka (cup).
  • Chasso (valka, slang): Sentry or guard. From Nadsat, derived from chasovoy (sentry).
  • Cheddar (chiroptim, slang): Money.
  • Cheena (valka, slang): Woman. From Nadsat, derived from zhenshcheena (woman).
  • Cheest (valka, slang): Clean, get rid of evidence. Derived from cheestit (clean).
  • Chepooka (valka, slang): Bullshit. From Nadsat, derived from chyepookha (nonsense).
  • Cheshaghzhiy (chiroptim, term): Lying, deception.
  • Cheshefit (chiroptim, term): A longhand, hieratic version of sachtefit or chiroptim script, used in newspapers, computer displays, and everyday writing. See also sachtefit.
  • Chesid (chiroptim, slang): A favor. From Yiddish.
  • Cheya’os (chiroptim, term): Literally “not us”. Monster, beast, something that murders indiscriminately. A chiroptim word for vampires and other monsters.
  • Cheyaksekh (chiroptim, term): 1. Necromancy, foul magic. 2. Anything forbidden.
  • Cheyefsekh (chiroptim, term): Death by starvation, a common end for many chiroptim back on the Old World.
  • Cheyefweth (chiroptim, term): 1. High barometric pressure, which usually has a heavy and oppressive feeling. 2. A feeling of oppression or lack of strength, often a sign of depression.
  • “Cheeki breeki” (valka, slang): Excellent, outstanding.
  • Chicken (aco, slang): Anyone young or naïve. From British Polari.
  • Children of the Storm (general, term): Calerre who would probably be more comfortable living in the days before the Covenant. They want to protect Children of the Sun, whom they consider lovable but naïve.
  • Children of the Sun (general, term): Calerre who love technology, new experiences, and living in the Covenant. They wish that Children of the Storm would loosen up a little.
  • Chill or chilly (Covenant, slang): Cool, all right.
  • Chimp (general, slang): Racial slur for humans.
  • Chopper (chiroptim, slang): An automatic gun, especially a submachine gun.
  • Chufyeth (chiroptim, term): 1. “Blanket clouds.” Spread-out stratus clouds. 2. Overcast conditions. 3. Hard times, especially any period that makes you forget when anything was good and if things will ever improve. Also chedanyeth.
  • Chutzpah (chiroptim, slang): Audacity, daring, lack of respect, balls. From Yiddish
  • “Clear skies” (calerre, slang): To wish someone good luck.
  • Clevie (aco, slang): Vagina. From British Polari.
  • Clobber (aco, slang): Clothes or uniform. Includes specialized outfits like spacesuits. From British Polari.
  • Cod (aco, slang): 1. Bad. 2. Unrefined, uneducated, sentimental. From British Polari.
  • “Cold equations” (spacer, slang): A general term of resignation or indifference, usually said after doing something necessary but unwanted. This term comes from the humans, but its original source has been lost. Also “Run the numbers”. Example: “Why did you eject that pod! John was still in it!” “It would have exploded before he could get out. Cold equations.”
  • Collar Stopper (chiroptim, slang): Copper, police. An example of chiroptim rhyming slang.
  • Comrade (valka, slang): What valka call pretty much everyone, regardless of species or gender. See also tovarishch.
  • Commo (military, slang): Communication equipment on a vehicle or spaceship. Can also refer to anyone who operates communications equipment.
  • Cookie Jars (Covenant, slang): Robots with hidden caches of weapons, ammunition, and supplies in case of an attack. They can also deliver or smuggle items or even people. Flying cookie jars are cookie bombers.
  • Corybungus (aco, slang): Ass, backside. From British Polari.
  • Cosmo (general, term): Cosmopolitan chiroptim (hence the name) who want to integrate with other races.
  • Cottage (aco, slang): Anyplace you can go for a quick fuck, usually a bathroom. From British Polari.
  • Cottaging (aco, slang): Looking for casual sex. From British Polari.
  • Cove (aco, slang): Taxi or hired vehicle. From British Polari.
  • Crast (valka, slang): Borrow, commandeer. From Nadsat, derived from krast (steal).
  • Creech (valka, slang): Distract, overwhelm with noise and commotion. From Nadsat, derived from kreechat (scream).
  • Crumb’s Crunchy Delights (business, general): The Arby’s of the 28th century. Crumb’s Crunchy Delights is a restaurant and bar chain with a reputation for selling cheap, low-quality meals that valka love for some bizarre reason. They’ve leaned into this reputation with slogans like:
    • Usually Edible!
    • When You’re Drunk and/or Desperate Enough to Eat Anything
    • Probably Not the Worst Decision You’ll Make Today
    • Hey, You Gotta Die from Something

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Note: Some of these terms are original, but the rest are gathered from numerous sources. This is only a partial list of these sources.

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