1. BBCotaku
    Offline

    BBCotaku Member

    Joined:
    Jun 13, 2015
    Messages:
    20
    Likes Received:
    1

    Cyborg (?) Slurs

    Discussion in 'Word Mechanics' started by BBCotaku, Jul 10, 2015.

    Am currently writing a steampunk story involving people with mechanical limbs whom are seen as lesser in society. However I am having trouble thinking of a slur for people without mechanical limbs to call them.
    Any help would be greatly appreciated.

    Thank you :-D

    (Oops, posted in wrong thread by mistake. I am very sorry:unsure:)
     
  2. ToeKneeBlack
    Offline

    ToeKneeBlack Contributing Member Contributor

    Joined:
    Jun 4, 2014
    Messages:
    592
    Likes Received:
    207
    "Toaster", "Washing Machine", "Stumpy" and "Sparky" come to mind.
     
  3. izzybot
    Offline

    izzybot Human Disaster Contributor

    Joined:
    Jun 3, 2015
    Messages:
    862
    Likes Received:
    953
    Location:
    SC, USA
    Anything that would emphasize their differentness and dehumanize them. Synthetics, automatons, mechs, inorganics, metals. Since it's steampunk I'm guessing their prosthetics are like, copper or brass, so referring to individuals as copper-legs and brass-arms, while a little clunky, could work. Same for something like 'steam-powereds' if their robot parts are, y'know, steam-powered (I'm picturing the Monopoly guy going "those dang steam-powereds are ruining the neighborhood!" in a silly old-timey accent, hahah).

    Slurs typically work by erasing/ignoring similarities between groups and treating the differences as if they're the only thing about the other group that exists, so I'd focus on the mechanical limbs or whatever caused most of these people to lose their original bits - maybe if it's a certain class of people who're mostly losing limbs (hard laborer or soldiers, say), so something about that.
     
  4. mad_hatter
    Offline

    mad_hatter Active Member

    Joined:
    Nov 26, 2014
    Messages:
    196
    Likes Received:
    59
    Location:
    England
    Many ethnic slurs are shortened versions of a fuller, more appropriate description of said persons ethnicity. So, if they are 'Synthetics', perhaps the derogatory term would be 'Synths'. 'Mechs' might be good, perhaps being short for mechanical.

    'Steamers' sounds nice, but it's probably a bit too on-the-nose for steampunk.
     
  5. BBCotaku
    Offline

    BBCotaku Member

    Joined:
    Jun 13, 2015
    Messages:
    20
    Likes Received:
    1
    I really like Steamers. While it is a bit obvious it makes sense as cyborgs often cannot afford to buy filters to stop them breathing the pollution created by the various factories.
     

Share This Page