Earthian n. 2
a language spoken on Earth, esp. a universal language spoken widely by Earth people
It was a roundabout way, a long way, an awkward way to read the language of Mars, Monk reflected. Martian to Jovian to Earthian. But it was better than no way at all.
Hunch in Astounding Science-Fiction July 19/1
The native walked over to Benton and said in perfect Earthian ‘Well…I didn’t think I looked that surprised.’
Culture in Astounding Science-Fiction Sept. 51/2
‘I apologize if I have insulted you,’ I said in Earthian. ‘I do not yet always understand what I am saying, in your language.’
Second Game in Astounding Science Fiction Mar. 67/2
Despite the manifold difficulties involved in teaching an alien our tongue, his Earthian was becoming increasingly fluent and errorless day by day.
in K. Bulmer New Writings in SF (#25) 164
Sister Lorpa spoke Earthian very clearly, in a high, sweet voice, starting without preamble to describe something called the ‘ghyrm.’ I recognized this as a Cantardene word meaning ‘eater.’
any evidence 1943
Clifford Simak, "Hunch"
Research HistoryFred Galvin submitted a 1943 cite from Clifford D. Simak's "Hunch".
Ben Ostrowsky submitted a 2007 cite from Sheri S. Tepper.
We would be interested in more cites of any date.
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