From World of Charun

Jargon is a form of slang used within certain professions or groups. It has developed as a kind of shorthand, to express frequently discussed ideas. Jargon can be used to identify members of the given group to one and other.


Jargon and Slang


The Buccaneers are known for being loud-mouthed, often seen boasting about their adventures with a bottle of wine in one hand and a women in the other. They are keen to identify themselves as Buccaneers, through their jargon, clothes and attitude (unless a possible foe of considarable powers lurks nearby).

Example: Try and hornswaggle me and I'll hang ye from the yardarm!

Meaning: Try and cheat me and I'll punish you!

Boat hook face = Some one smiling broadly, while actually wishing you harm. A "sheep in a wolves clothing"

A merry life and a short one shall be my motto = Common statement

The water has passed his head = He has lost his chance, it is over for him

The water doesn't move = Nothing changes

There is wine in the jug, and we're going around thirsty = The solution is right next to us and we're searching elsewhere for answer.

Scuttle = To sink, to die

Cackle Fruit = Hen's eggs

Scallywag = A villainous or mischievous person

Scurvy Dog = An experienced pirate (of any pirate group)

Hornswaggle = To cheat

Ahoy, Matey = Greeting, usually to a fellow buccaneer, but also to other trusted companions

No prey, no pay = The only wage involved is a share in whatever loot is taken

Hang ‘im from the yardarm = Buccaneer phrase for punishment

Shiver me timbers = Phrase expressing surprise

Run a rig = To play a trick

Hang the jib = To pout or frown

Avast Ye! = Stop and pay attention!

Rattler = Corsair, refers to their time as slaves "rattling their chains"

Frostbeard = Hrafnir Marauder, refers to their origin, the Northlands

Short Stop = Port Farrowbar of Hillyfield

Shiny Stop = Port Safe Haven of Sanctia

South Stop = Port Unbunbu of Mubuluk

More about: Buccaneers


The Corsairs consist mostly out of escaped slaves from Mubuluk. They use Mubuluki idioms, but have also unique forms of expression.

Bury me standing, I've been on my knees my whole life - Said before a battle, referring to one's time as a slave.

To whip = To insult in a way that it can not be ignored

Lordmasta = Someone who is about to be attacked, robbed or assaulted in another way.

Yapjaw = A name given the Buccaneers, since the Corsairs see them as a bunch of boasting fools.

Fleshprey = A name given to the Mubuluki who have held many of the Corsairs as slaves.

More about: Corsairs


Lippin' was developed from the Common tongue on Smoke Isle in the beginning of the Fourth Age. It was spoken amongst the poor, the thieves and others involved in dubious activities. Today it can be heard in most medium sized towns in the Western Lands, spoken by those that could have a reason to disguise the topics they are discussing, be it merchants selling stolen goods or thieves reasoning around who to rob.

Example: Amuse the beggar maker and I'll try and bite his blunt...

Meaning: DIvert the innkeepers attention and I'll try and steal his coin...

To amuse = To invent some plausible tale to delude or put someone off their guard, divert someones attention.

Ard = Stolen

Bandog = Law enforcer

Cry Beef = Heads up! (Sounding the alarm)

To be in a mans beef = To wound someone

Beggar maker = Innkeeper

Bilboes = The stocks or prison

Bilk = To cheat or con

Bing = To go or escape

Bite = To steal

Blunt = Coins

Bleaterd = Seized or arrested

Boung nip = Pick Pocket

Boung nipper = Pick pocketer

Bufe = Guard

Charm = To lockpick

Charmer = A lockpicker

Climb up a ladder to bed = Die

Cramp word = The sentence of death

Darby = Easy coin

Dawb = Bribe

Fortune teller = A judge

Hang gallows look = A villainous appearance

Hush = Murder

Jukrum = The permission of the head of a thieves guild to operate within his territory

Ketch = Hangman or other executioner

Lay = Danger

Oak = A rich person

Prig = Thief

Prig napper = One who catches thieves, a bounty hunter

Priggers = Thieves

Rub = To run away

More about: Smoke Isle


Cleavin' was developed from the Common tongue in the Three Isles Army during the Third Age. Today it is not only heard in the Army of the Isles, but also amongst most mercenaries and fighters making a living through their blades. Some of the words, such as gobbo for goblin have spread beyond the Cleavin' speakers.

Example: Tell that bantling to bray the piggy sprat and send it straight to Farsinchia!

Meaning: Tell that rookie to kill the little orc and send it straight to the afterlife!

Arruh = Expression of surprise or excitement

Bantling = A rookie, inexperienced soldier

Beard = Dwarf

Bedicup = Helmet

Bedize = Armour

Bedizened = Dressed or suited up for battle

Bloodguilt = Guilt resulting from bloodshed

Bray = To crush, grind or kill

Brayer = Weapon

Bray-On! = Attack! Charge!

Cadger = A no-good soldier/fighter who is more words than action.

Canty = Energetic, lively (often use about rookies eagre to do battle)

Carking = Burdensome, can be a person or a task

Cockcrow = Dawn (after cockcrow = during the day)

Darkling = In the dark or during the night / Something vaguely threatening or menacing

Dhera = A tart or liquor

Didnae = Did not

Farsinchia = Afterlife, life after death

Faugh = Interjection used to express disgust

Fay = Elf

Fetchfew = Gesanis

Firstling = Number one, first result, first one

Footle = Talk or act foolishly / Waste time

Footling = Someone lacking judgment or ability / An item lacking use or value

Forfend = Ward off, prevent or defend

Forfeiner = Shield

Gillie = A (young) male servant (often used as an insult)

Gobbo = Goblin

Handletall = Halfling

Kitling = Young creature (wolf kitling, horse kitling etc). Also short moment.

Knacker = Big and eventually dangerous humanoid (Piggy Knacker = Big and stronglooking orc). Also a longer "moment" of time.

Lathy = Small, weak, puny

Lurcher = Scout, spy

Piggy = Orc

Ravenin = Bloodthirsty, eager to fight

Reiver = Raider (used mainly of the warriors found in the many human cultures where raiding is a part of life)

Rowner = Experienced soldier/fighter, someone to trust in the heat of battle

Skimble-skamble = Rambling or confused / Senseless

Sprat = Young, small, or insignificant

Unchancy = Dangerous, used both about an opponent and situation

Wencel = Child

Whiffet = Easy opponent, someone/something posing very little threat

More about: Army of the Isles

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