SandySandfort on November 11, 2010, 10:46:20 am
They were never married, but did and do care about each other and spend time together when they can. In an upcoming arc, they go camping... sort of.

In a certain space park on one of the little 'roids bychance? ;)

Maybe, maybe not. FYI, the Belter contraction is "troid." It comes from "planetoid," not "asteroid."

Wait a sec. Isn't the Lust in space that ship where the terrans came up on the "behind" of the first ship to reach the gray alien?

Yup.

I thought Babbette the youn'un stated, in her role as a CSA, both her mother and father were ice-miners?

That's what she stated. However, it isn't true. It was a tall tale like the "Official" Belter Beanie. In the Belt, this is known as a "drop bear." See,

http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=drop%20bear

definition 7.

GeoModder on November 11, 2010, 11:53:13 am
Why, thank you. I had plans to do some vacatioing in Australia next winter. ;)

quadibloc on November 11, 2010, 07:27:20 pm
FYI, the Belter contraction is "troid." It comes from "planetoid," not "asteroid."
Ah. Perhaps the Belters didn't like 'roid because it is ambiguous: it could refer to "hemorrhoid", and they didn't like that.

J Thomas on November 12, 2010, 07:31:03 am
FYI, the Belter contraction is "troid." It comes from "planetoid," not "asteroid."
Ah. Perhaps the Belters didn't like 'roid because it is ambiguous: it could refer to "hemorrhoid", and they didn't like that.

That's easy to fix. If it's from "planetoid" then it could and should be called a "toid". No connection at all to "hemorrhoid".

This sounds like what happens in real life. People come up with words, and when you guess where the words come from very often it doesn't really make sense. Sometimes you can come up with JustSo stories that sound plausible, but sometimes there isn't any story that quite works.

quadibloc on November 12, 2010, 08:16:27 am
If it's from "planetoid" then it could and should be called a "toid". No connection at all to "hemorrhoid".
That, too, could be taken to have unfortunate connotations. A boid in the hand is worth two boids in the bush.

J Thomas on November 12, 2010, 10:02:12 am
If it's from "planetoid" then it could and should be called a "toid". No connection at all to "hemorrhoid".
That, too, could be taken to have unfortunate connotations. A boid in the hand is worth two boids in the bush.

Funny how often that sort of thing happens.

Maybe language change in the Belt is strongly influenced by the robust polite language and PC consciousness of Belters.