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Slang in the World of Avatar
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Slang

Examples
  • Flameo
  • Hotman
  • Monkey feathers
Slang is a term that is commonly used in everyday language but not considered an official word. It includes exclamations and untraditional insults. There are several types of slang in the World of Avatar, particularly in the Fire Nation. As with all languages, slang changes over the course of time.

Terms

  • Ash maker – An insult used by the Freedom Fighters in reference to the citizens of the Fire Nation,[1] even those with mixed heritage, such as Kori Morishita.[2]
  • Bite us in the blubber – A term used to indicate that a specific action will have consequences later on, or the equivalent of "come back to haunt us". Sokka said this to Aang when the Avatar rudely told Joo Dee off.[3]
  • Blowhard – A term used by Sokka to describe a boring professor.[4]
  • Colony trash – An insult directed at Fire Nation colonists who live in the Earth Kingdom. It was used by Hide to insult Aang, who enrolled under the alias of Kuzon as a Fire Nation colonial in a school on the mainland.[5]
  • Dancy Pants – A term used by Toph to refer to Aang's dancing.[5]
  • Dirt people – A Fire Nation insult directed at people with Earth Kingdom heritage, especially earthbenders. It was used by Master Kunyo to insult Toph Beifong, and later on, in an official complaint issued by him.[2][6]
  • Dunderhead - A mild insult used by Aang when referring to Toph's stubborn nature.[7] Synonymous with less rude insults such as "idiot" and "stupid-head".
  • Earthliness – A term used by Aang to refer to Earth King Kuei. It is the equivalent of "majesty".
  • Fatso – A derogatory term usually reserved for overweight people. Used by Azula when referring to her uncle Iroh as "Uncle Fatso".
  • Fieriness – A form of Earthliness used to refer to the Fire Lord.[4]
  • Fire tosser – A term used during the era of Raava to refer to those with control over the element of fire, predating the term firebender. It was used by the aye-aye spirit to describe a group of men who had departed from their lion turtle and were behaving disrespectfully toward nature and violent to the spirits with whom they came into contact.[8]
  • Flameo – A term that has several definitions, depending on the context, including "hello", "goodbye", and "great". It was used by Aang while attending a Fire Nation school, much to the confusion and amusement of others. Used before the Hundred Year War, the term had fallen out of everyday use by 100 AG,[5] but it eventually resurfaced, though by 171 AG, the meaning had changed to be that of a mild swear, used to convey surprise and shock.[9]
  • Flying hog monkeys – A phrase used by many members of Team Avatar in unpleasant or unlucky situations. A varied form is "bleeding hog monkeys", used by the pirate captain upon seeing Team Avatar take off with his ship.[10]
  • Flying fire ferrets - A phrase used by Satoru when struck with an idea. Comparable with "egad!" and "eureka" in context.[7]
  • Gasbag – A word used to refer to someone who talks too much. Zuko described his uncle, Iroh, and an Order of the White Lotus member as such when they were talking among each other and Zuko could not discern the meaning of their conversation.[11]
  • Glow it up – A phrase used to refer to going into the Avatar State.[12]
  • Hotman – A term for someone from the Fire Nation or the equivalent of "sir". Aang used this term to address strangers until he realized it was drawing attention. The generic term became outdated by 100 AG.[5] He later called Zuko "Sifu Hotman", much to the firebender's dismay.[13]
  • Hullabaloo – A term used by Aang's music teacher at the Fire Nation school to refer to Aang's dancing while playing the tsungi horn.[5]
  • Jerkbending – A term used by Sokka as a synonym for firebending to express his dislike for the bending art.[13]
  • Legit – Short for "legitimate".[14]
  • Lily livers – An insult used by Toph on her metalbending students. It is the equivalent of "yellow-bellied".[1]
  • Loudmouth – An insult used by Toph to describe Sokka's openness about killing the Fire Lord in the Fire Nation fishing village, Jang Hui.[15]
  • Meat head – An insult used to imply someone's stupidity. It was used by Katara to refer to Aang and Sokka who wished to take the easy way out of a situation.[12]
  • Monkey feathers – An obscenity[16] used by Aang when events are not favorable.[13] Variations include "double monkey feathers" and "monkey feathers on top of monkey feathers".[2]
  • Nut brained – An insult with the equivalent of "stupid". Katara used it while yelling at her brother.[17]
  • Oogies – A term equivalent to "yuck" or "gross". It was frequently used by Sokka in the events surrounding the Harmony Restoration Movement in reference to Aang and Katara's romance. Toph compared it to licking someone's hand.[1]
  • Rinky-dink town – A term used by Sokka to refer to towns in need.
  • Snoozles – A term used to refer to someone who is either sleepy or still asleep. It was used by Toph to describe Sokka when he complained that her and Aang's earthbending training was depriving him of further sleep.[18]
  • Snow savages – A Fire Nation insult directed at Water Tribe members. It was used by Master Kunyo to describe Sokka in an official complaint.[2]
  • Stay flaming – The equivalent of "stay cool" in the Fire Nation. Used primarily before the Hundred Year War, it was outdated by 100 AG.[5]
  • Sugar Queen – Another slang term used by Toph. Depending on the tone in which it is said, its meaning varies from an insult to a term of endearment with a mildly mocking connotation.[19] Usually it means "goodie-two-shoes" or "know it all".[20]
  • Sweet sugar cakes – Similar to the word "babe",[21] it was used by Ty Lee to address Azula during Chan's party while teaching the princess how to get boys to like her.[22]
  • Twinkle Toes/Fancy Dancer – Terms used by Toph to describe Aang being light on his feet.[5][23]
  • Working my arrow off – A phrase of Air Nomad origin, it refers to the airbending master tattoos. It means to work hard; Aang used it to indicate to Sokka that he had been training very hard, and thus deserved some time off.[24]
  • Yip yip – A term equivalent to "go" or "giddy up". It is used to command a flying bison to fly.[17][25]

References

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  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 DiMartino, Michael Dante; Konietzko, Bryan; Yang, Gene (w), Sasaki of Gurihiru (p, i), Kawano of Gurihiru (col), Heisler, Michael; Comicraft (let). The Promise Part 3 (September 26, 2012), Dark Horse Comics.
  3. Hedrick, Tim (writer) & MacMullan, Lauren (director). (November 6, 2006). "Lake Laogai". Avatar: The Last Airbender. Season 2. Episode 17. Nickelodeon.
  4. 4.0 4.1 DiMartino, Michael Dante; Konietzko, Bryan; Yang, Gene (w), Sasaki of Gurihiru (p, i), Kawano of Gurihiru (col), Heisler, Michael; Comicraft (let). The Search Part 1 (March 20, 2013), Dark Horse Comics.
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 5.4 5.5 5.6 O'Bryan, John (writer) & Dos Santos, Joaquim (director). (September 28, 2007). "The Headband". Avatar: The Last Airbender. Season 3. Episode 2. Nickelodeon.
  6. DiMartino, Michael Dante; Konietzko, Bryan; Yang, Gene (w), Sasaki of Gurihiru (p, i), Kawano of Gurihiru (col), Heisler, Michael; Comicraft (let). The Promise Part 2 (May 30, 2012), Dark Horse Comics.
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  10. O'Bryan, John (writer) & Lioi, Anthony (director). (April 29, 2005). "The Waterbending Scroll". Avatar: The Last Airbender. Season 1. Episode 9. Nickelodeon.
  11. Hedrick, Tim (writer) & MacMullan, Lauren (director). (July 14, 2006). "The Desert". Avatar: The Last Airbender. Season 2. Episode 11. Nickelodeon.
  12. 12.0 12.1 Ehasz, Aaron, Ehasz, Elizabeth Welch, Hedrick, Tim, O'Bryan, John (writers) & Volpe, Giancarlo (director). (March 17, 2006). "The Avatar State". Avatar: The Last Airbender. Season 2. Episode 1. Nickelodeon.
  13. 13.0 13.1 13.2 O'Bryan, John (writer) & Volpe, Giancarlo (director). (July 15, 2008). "The Firebending Masters". Avatar: The Last Airbender. Season 3. Episode 13. Nickelodeon.
  14. Wilgus, Alison (w), Matte, Johane; McWeeney, Tom (a), Dzioba, Wes (col), Comicraft (let). "Dragon Days" (2009), Nickelodeon Comics Club.
  15. Hamilton, Joshua (writer) & Spaulding, Ethan (director). (October 5, 2007). "The Painted Lady". Avatar: The Last Airbender. Season 3. Episode 3. Nickelodeon.
  16. DiMartino, Michael Dante; Konietzko, Bryan; Yang, Gene (w), Sasaki of Gurihiru (p, i), Kawano of Gurihiru (col), Heisler, Michael; Comicraft (let). The Promise Library Edition (February 20, 2013), Dark Horse Comics.
  17. 17.0 17.1 DiMartino, Michael Dante, Konietzko, Bryan (writers) & Filoni, Dave (director). (February 21, 2005). "The Boy in the Iceberg". Avatar: The Last Airbender. Season 1. Episode 1. Nickelodeon.
  18. Ehasz, Aaron (writer) & Spaulding, Ethan (director). (June 2, 2006). "Bitter Work". Avatar: The Last Airbender. Season 2. Episode 9. Nickelodeon.
  19. Hamilton, Joshua (writer) & Volpe, Giancarlo (director). (May 26, 2006). "The Chase". Avatar: The Last Airbender. Season 2. Episode 8. Nickelodeon.
  20. Avatar Extras for "The Chase" on Nicktoons Network.
  21. Avatar Extras for "The Beach" on Nicktoons Network.
  22. Mattila, Katie (writer) & Dos Santos, Joaquim (director). (October 19, 2007). "The Beach". Avatar: The Last Airbender. Season 3. Episode 5. Nickelodeon.
  23. DiMartino, Michael Dante (writer) & Spaulding, Ethan (director). (May 5, 2006). "The Blind Bandit". Avatar: The Last Airbender. Season 2. Episode 6. Nickelodeon.
  24. O'Bryan, John (writer) & Volpe, Giancarlo (director). (July 14, 2006). "The Library". Avatar: The Last Airbender. Season 2. Episode 10. Nickelodeon.
  25. DiMartino, Michael Dante, Konietzko, Bryan (writers) & Dos Santos, Joaquim, Ryu, Ki Hyun (directors). (April 14, 2012). "Welcome to Republic City". The Legend of Korra. Season 1. Episode 1. Nickelodeon.

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