Cyberpunk Slang

KEY vulg. = vulgar
(jap) = Japanese or “Japlish” loanword
v. = verb
adj. = adjective
n. = noun

  • Angel – n. A benefactor, especially an unknown one.
  • Arc – n. An arcology.
  • Blank – n. An IDless person, v. To kill someone.
  • Boffo – adj. Big,tons
  • Bunraku Parlor – n. Whore house
  • Business, Biz – n. In slang context, crime
  • Buzz – Go away. Buzz off.
  • Chipped – adj. Senses, skills, reflexes, muscles, and so on, enhanced by cyberware.
  • Chromed – adj. Cyberized
  • Comm – n. The telephone.
  • Corp – n, adj. Corporation. Corporate
  • Corpse (also Wageslave, Zombie) – n. Corporate citizen/employee
  • Cred – n. Money
  • Dataslave – n. Corporate decker or other data processing employee.
  • Datasteal – n. Theft of data from a computer, usually by decking.
  • Deck – n. A cyberdeck. v. To use a cyberdeck, usually illegally.
  • Decker (also Cowboy) – n. Pirate cyberdeck user. Derived from 20th-century term “Hacker”.
  • Deckhead – n. Simsense abuser; anyone with a datajack or chipjack.
  • Dots – n. Digital Object Tags. RFID tags that hold data and/or geographically dependent data
  • Drek – n. vulg. A common curse word. adj. Drekky
  • Dumped – v. Involuntarily ejected from the ‘Net.
  • Exec – v. Corporate executive.
  • Frag – v. Common swear word. adj, Fragging.
  • Gaijin – n. (Jap) Foreigner, anyone not local or who is otherwise out of their element
  • Geek – v. To kill.
  • Gillette – n. vulg. Female street samurai or razorgirl
  • Glitched – adj. messed up, crazy, drunk
  • Grep (also Grok) – v. Understand
  • Heatwave – n. Police crackdown.
  • Hose – v. Louse up. Screw up.
  • Ice – n. Security software. “Intrusion Countermeasures,” or IC.
  • Jack – v. Jack In, or enter cyberspace. Jack out, or to leave cyberspace.
  • Jacked – adj. Online, wired, having sex.
  • Jander – v. To walk in an arrogant yet casual manner; to strut.
  • Joyboy/Joygirl/Joytoy – n. Prostitute
  • Kick Artist (also cleaner) – n. Assassin
  • Kobun – n. (Jap) Member of a Yakuza clan. (See also: Yak)
  • Meat – n. Slang for body. Usually used by those who spend a large amount of time in the ‘Net.
  • Mr. Johnson – n. Refers to an anonymous employer or corporate agent.
  • Nutrisoy – n. Cheaply processed food product, derived from soybeans
  • Omae – n. (Jap) Friend
  • Oyabun – n. (Jap) Head of a Yakuza clan.
  • Panzer – n. Any ground-effect combat vehicle.
  • Paydata – n. A datafile worth money on the black market.
  • Plex – n. A metropolitan complex, or “metroplex”. (See also: Sprawl)
  • Rad – n. A political activist, agitator.
  • Rip – v. Download, copy
  • Razorguy – n. Heavily cyberized street samurai or other muscle.
  • Samurai – n. (Jap) Mercenary or muscle for hire. Implies honor code.
  • Sarariman – n. (Jap) From “salaryman.” A corporate employee. (See Shaikujin)
  • Scan – v. look at, check out, read
  • Screamer – n. Credstick or other ID that triggers computer alarms if used.
  • Seoul Man – n. A member of a Seoulpa ring.
  • Seoulpa ring – n. A small criminal gang with connections to others like it.
  • Shaikujin – n. (Jap) Lit. “Honest citizen.” A corporate employee. (See Sarariman)
  • Simsense – n. Digital sensory broadcast or recording accessed through a cyberdeck-like device.
  • Slitch – n. vulg. Derogatory term for a woman
  • Slot and Run – v. Hurry up. Get to the point. Move it.
  • So ka – (Jap) I understand. I get it.
  • Soykaf – n. Coffee substitute made from soybeans.
  • Sprawl – n. a metroplex (see Plex); v. fraternize below one’s social level.
  • Suit – n. A “straight citizen.” (See Also: Shaikujin, Sarariman, Corpse, Wageslave, Zombie)
  • Trid – n. Three-dimensional successor to video.
  • Vanilla – adj. Normal
  • Vatjob – n. A person with extensive cyberware or bioware replacement, reference is to a portion of the process during which the patient must be submerged in nutrient fluid or to the way the bioware was grown.
  • Wetwork – n. Assassination. Murder.
  • White Hat – n. Security hacker.
  • Wired – adj. Equipped with cyberware, especially increased reflexes.
  • Yak – n. (Jap) Yakuza. Either a clan member or a clan itself.

Customized from Shadowrun 4th Edition Core Rulebook and The Shadowslang Glossary.

Cyberpunk Slang

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