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|−|An alternate term to describe the [[Human]] race, the word '''Earthling''' was the favored term for that species during the First War. Originally used to describe all life of [[ Earth]] origin, it came to be used by the Humans themselves as an ironic diminutive, humbly naming themselves by their planet of origin rather than using the term "human", which for them carried connotations as a universal judgment of sentience or moral worth. |+|
alternate term to the [[Human]] race, was the favored term during the War. all of [] , the term.
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|−|The term "Earthling " had been used with this purpose in mind among Humans even before first contact, often in their science fiction as a reference to Human immaturity compared to older, imaginary, alien civilizations. Later, it seems to have been primarily used by Humans in their dealings with other members of the [[ Alliance of Free Stars|Alliance]] to avoid pejorative connotations of "human" vs. "nonhuman", particularly from the more xenophobic members of their own species. |+|
Earthling, in Human the [].
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|−|In all other contexts, including most [[ Hierarchy]] communications, "Human" remained the most common term, and by the time of the Second War, Humans had become accustomed enough to their place among other alien civilizations that it appeared "human" had mostly lost its original connotations and become a specific term refering only to their species. |+|
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|−|"Earthling" has now mostly passed out of use, though it remains part of the official designation of the primary Human combat vessel, the Earthling [[ Cruiser]] . |+|
Latest revision as of 03:19, 17 July 2015
Earthling is an alternate term to refer to a member of the Human race, particularly one born on their homeworld, Earth. It was apparently the favored term during the Ur-Quan Slave War. In all other contexts, including most Hierarchy communications of the Star Control II era, "Human" remained the most common term.
Earthling has passed out of popular usage, except in the official designation for the Human combat vessel: the Earthling Cruiser.
See Also: Human