A new world calls for new words, and we certainly have a lot of them from Second Life that at least I’ve never used for those purposes before: avatar, sim, grid, Barbie, griefer … actually, it’s really a fun little vocabulary! 🙂
But of course such things can always be improved, so here are suggestions for badly-needed words and phrases in Second Life, like “death feature” and “lesbiman”. 🙂
I really do know full well that the way terms sneak into language has very little to do with enterprising women, winged or otherwise, posting them, still I feel responsible to offer some lesser-used or wholely original words and phrases for use in Second Life.
(After finishing my list, it turned out that I ended up making up a lot of new ones for things we don’t have words for now. Later note: “Resi”, “First Life”, and “omnisexual” are not original with me, and I can’t guarantee no one’s ever come up with any of the others. 🙂 )
Resi – So useful, yet I hardly ever hear it! Short for “resident,” so someone who is in Second Life.
First Life (or FL, or 1L) – I like this so much better than the term “real life,” because some things in Second Life are real.
‘port – As in “teleport”, with or without the cute little ‘postrophe. Hardly anyone types out “teleport” (except for me: I type everything out), any the common abbreviation is “tp”, which also stands for “toilet paper”. So … “Port me”?
all type and no click – A way to describe someone who exaggerates or doesn’t come through.
vapor love – A romance that burns hot one day and vanishes the next when your lover turns into a furry or stops logging in or decides to become a slave in Gor or confesses to being a grad student just trying to get some information for research.
posemelt – Getting overlapped with another avatar because of a bad pose.
primplosion – An object made with a lot more prims than it should be.
SLove – Romance or commitment that exists mainly on hard drives and Internet connections, and that vanishes when you go back to First Life. Rhymes with “glove”.
death feature – Any enhancement of Second Life that might make you miserable. Voice chat and age verification are good examples (depending on who you are!).
lesbiman – A straight guy in First Life playing a girl in Second Life just for sexual kicks. Not to be used if the person is actually trying to learn something about being a woman!
Barbied – (For women.) Ignored because there are too many pretty avatars in the room.
outBarbie – To get noticed as being pretty even when there are a lot of other pretty avatars in the room.
FLeep and aFLeep – To be unavailable in Second Life because you have things you need to do in First Life. (“Sorry, I missed that…I was aFLeep for a few minutes.”)
avibend – To use an avatar that’s more or less realistic looking but very different from your First Life self (for instance, to bend gender or age or race).
disclosurist – A person who doesn’t want to associate with people who don’t say what they’re like in First Life. Disclosurists sometimes equate avibending with lying.
benderist – A person who thinks people grow and learn from taking on different Second Life personas, even if they don’t disclose avibending.
omnisexual – Willing to be and get romantic with different genders, especially when open to specialized kinds of sexuality like DS and furry sex.
signa-tachment – A kind of item that a person often wears for personal expression, like my wings or my friend Fallie’s fox ears and tail.
inventrash – Items you will never use that you haven’t gotten around to weeding out of your inventory.
realosexual – Not interested in sex or romance in Second Life.
SLex – Virtual sex, expressed concisely in just four letters!