Suzette Haden Elgin

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automatics n. 1987 S. H. Elgin Judas Rose xx. 265 And it means that O.J. won’t insist on putting the flyer on illegal manual control when they go home; Cassie is terrified without the automatics, especially after dark, and terrified that they’ll be caught; it makes her furious that O.J. complains about the potential for disgrace when she doesn’t come out first in some trivial social competition like being best-dressed, and then risks the total disgrace of being arrested for endangerment of traffic and flying under the influence of controlled substances.
conlang n. 2000 S. H. Elgin Language Imperative vii. 211 In science fiction conlangs…the emphasis tends to be more on how fancy the language is than on its usefulness for the ordinary person.
Earthish n. 1984 S. H. Elgin Native Tongue xviii. 208 ‘No Jovian?’ ‘Well, child…is there any such language as Terran? Or Earthish?’ ‘I suppose not. No, of course there isn’t.’ ‘Well, if our globe requires five thousand languages or more, why should Jupiter have only one?’
Jovian n. 2 1984 S. H. Elgin Native Tongue xviii. 208 ‘It’s not just lessons all the time, then? So long as you’re talking Jovian, for example, you could be talking about dinner or the threedies or anything else at all?’ ‘That’s quite right, Mrs. Landry,’ said Jennifer. ‘There is of course no such language as Jovian—but you have the rest of it right.’
matter transporter n. 1987 S. H. Elgin Judas Rose ix. 128 Heykus was personally convinced that the Aliens who interacted routinely with Earth did have matter transporters, in the old science fiction sense. Gadgets that would get you and all the gear you could carry from Point A to Point C, without having to go through the intervening expanse represented by B.
nonhumanoid adj. 1984 S. H. Elgin Native Tongue iii. 40 There was also the appeal of what it would be like to have his kid be the very first one to crack a nonhumanoid language.
robo- prefix 1984 S. Elgin Native Tongue i. 19 There’s a robobus due by in about fifteen minutes, that stops at the hospital.
threedy n. 1984 S. H. Elgin Native Tongue xviii. 208 ‘It’s not just lessons all the time, then? So long as you’re talking Jovian, for example, you could be talking about dinner or the threedies or anything else at all?’ ‘That’s quite right, Mrs. Landry,’ said Jennifer. ‘There is of course no such language as Jovian—but you have the rest of it right.’
threedy n. 1984 S. H. Elgin Native Tongue xv. 173 The decision to marry a woman who has been properly trained for wifery need not be cold-bloodedly commercial. True…the procedure of reviewing threedy tapes of our clients, examining their genetic and personal files, interviewing those women who seem most promising, etc.,is reminiscent of the personnel office rather than the romantic idyll.