In the sky of the Independent Planet of N'Alabama the R troop landing ship Lumumba took position in a N'Haitian picket line. In stationary orbit Lumumba effectively hovered, day and night, the glare of NGC 7007 alternately appearing and disappearing from behind the red dirtball constantly below.
So, how'd you get stuck on this dirtball?
Jesus Mary and Joseph, guys, we can hardly live together on this dirtball an' we're at least all the same species!
They'll never accept you, Hof, you'll always be an Earther to them, a dirtball, if you know what I mean.
All in favor of landing on this dirtball—this ‘planet’, if you can call it that—say ‘Aye’.
Those guys never stick their noses off their home dirtball.
Until the last frigging Bug on that dirt ball is dead, we assume their defenses are at one hundred percent.
Richard A. Lupoff, "Space War Blues"
Douglas Winston submitted a 1991 cite from Christopher Rowley's "To a Highland Nation", in which "dirtball" was used as a derogatory term for a planet-dweller: we would be interested to see further uses in this sense of any date.
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