Terran n. 2
a common language spoken on Earth or by Earthlings
She had chosen to teach those who met her the Terran language instead of learning Telfan. Now those who understood any bit of Terran had gone to meet the Haywire Queen.
Redevelopment in Astounding Science Fiction Nov. 163/2
He sent out a call to the planet below, but there was no answer. He tried several languages, in addition to Terran, and finally the intergalactic sound code. There was still no answer.
Caphian Caper in Thrilling Wonder Stories Dec. 18/2
Mike turned his scowl on Nicko and snapped, ‘For Christ sake, speak Terran!’
Before Egypt in Amazing Stories Jan. 74/1
A hymn was going up, now. Rayner strained to catch the words, but it seemed that they were only partly in Terran, and mainly in some strange and alien language whose words were smooth-flowing and liquid, with many vowels and few harsh consonants.
Slaves of Tree in Super-Science Fiction June 56/2
The best way to learn to pronounce Klingon with no trace of a Terran or other accent is to become friends with a group of Klingons and spend a great deal of time socialising with them.
Klingon Dictionary 13
You speak Terran, I speak Terran, we should be able to come up with some kind of understanding.
Acorna’s Search (2002) 180
Kendell Foster Crossen, 'The Caphian Caper'
Research HistoryFred Galvin submitted a 1952 cite from Kendell Foster Crossen's "The Caphian Caper".
Fred Galvin submitted a 1958 cite from "Slaves of the Tree" by Robert Silverberg (as Eric Rodman).
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