ichiban eggplant

tollymain  asked:

so, im guessing that the human broadly-accepted terms for the ferrets/avians/centaurs roughly translate to such in the commonly used language(s? unsure about how much chinese/portuguese/im spacing out the last one have merged); what do the commonly used avian/centaur/ferret terms for human translate to? also what they use for the other species, to be slightly less humanocentric here

Omg, I had never thought about this… obviously the terms all the aliens use for each other vary wildly, even among human language. I use avian/centaur/bug ferret for English but there’s way more than that of course, with varying levels of formality and rudeness. Avians are sometimes called birds, rat birds, gulls, etc; centaurs can be called bug horses, greyhounds, horse dogs, tall dogs, mantises, etc; bug ferrets can be called moles, bugs, long crabs, mouse worms, etc. The most formal term for any alien is what they call themselves in any of their major languages. Or… a rough approximation of that word, in a way pronounceable to a human.

For ferrets and centaurs, humans are usually called something commenting on our precarious bipedalism, like poles, spears, handstand beasts, balancing staffs, etc. Another common theme among all the aliens is names based on our smooth hairless skin, like “plucked ones,” or any long smooth object or food item. Think like… the alien equivalent of an ichiban eggplant. Avians have lots of rude names for us, some based on the mythological figures that supposedly split their kind into multiple imperfect species, which is a commentary on human genetic engineering. Ferrets will also call us names of various mythical beasts from their culture that vaguely resemble us.

Avians usually call ferrets something related to their planet’s invertebrates, or other more insulting stuff about how they’re supposedly very lustful and gross and etc. They call centaurs variations on the concept HUGE because centaurs are like… literally a hundred times bigger than them

Ferrets name avians after a large number of mythical beasts in their culture, most of which can be boiled down to “dragonish-thing, usually flies, usually from surface.” Some goes for centaurs, but with different mythical beasts. They will also sometimes call them tall ferrets, because both are hexapodal…

Centaurs call avians variations on their planet’s flying invertebrates, because they have no other extant flying animals. Avians look… REALLY weird to them. They call ferrets stuff like worms/grubs/moles etc.