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Other words for zombie - 23/3/2010 10:42:53 AM   
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A friend is writing a book and she needs to coin a new phrase - it doesn't describe zombies per se, rather beings with no souls. She's been going through the latin origins of words to find something that hasn't been used..I've found Ghast and Eidelon, both have which have been used by previous authors..it wouldn't be a one off phrase, I think it would be used regularly, like Ringwraiths in LOTR..

Any ideas?

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RE: Other words for zombie - 23/3/2010 10:43:44 AM   
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RE: Other words for zombie - 23/3/2010 10:51:04 AM   
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Perfect! I'll go let her know I've cracked the case..

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RE: Other words for zombie - 23/3/2010 10:56:20 AM   
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What about something that hints at an empty vessel - husk, shell or urn?  Or there was a Czech movie about 15 years ago called "Telo bez duse" that translates as "body without soul" - you could always just run it all together to get telobezduse!

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RE: Other words for zombie - 23/3/2010 11:06:10 AM   
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husk works except lot is like mass effect.

how about
wight
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wight

or maybe ghoul, not used so often as zombie.

Necroambulist. Literally, means 'dead-walker'.

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RE: Other words for zombie - 23/3/2010 11:06:27 AM   
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What about something that hints at an empty vessel - husk, shell or urn?  Or there was a Czech movie about 15 years ago called "Telo bez duse" that translates as "body without soul" - you could always just run it all together to get telobezduse!


telobezduse,

telobezduse,

Say eh - oh!

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RE: Other words for zombie - 23/3/2010 11:22:05 AM   
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  I'll never watch CBeebies in the same light again!

Right, (trying desperately to remember what i was taught for latin O level) - "anima" was the life-force or spirit, so what about reanima or exanima?

Or go sanskrit on their asses - "prana" is the idea of life-force , and is one of the 5 vital currents in the Hindu system, being particularly responsible for the beating of the heart and breathing.  Or maybe, if there's no life-force in these critters, "vyana" may be more appropriate, being the vital current responsible for the muscular system.

Edit - got it!  Lazarites, after Lazarus

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RE: Other words for zombie - 23/3/2010 11:26:05 AM   
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quote:

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Edit - got it!  Lazarites, after Lazarus

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RE: Other words for zombie - 23/3/2010 11:33:23 AM   
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I've got the book, Pride and Prejudice and Zombies.
In that they're called unmentionables, which i quite like.

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RE: Other words for zombie - 23/3/2010 12:07:42 PM   
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quote:

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  I'll never watch CBeebies in the same light again!

Right, (trying desperately to remember what i was taught for latin O level) - "anima" was the life-force or spirit, so what about reanima or exanima?

Or go sanskrit on their asses - "prana" is the idea of life-force , and is one of the 5 vital currents in the Hindu system, being particularly responsible for the beating of the heart and breathing.  Or maybe, if there's no life-force in these critters, "vyana" may be more appropriate, being the vital current responsible for the muscular system.

Edit - got it!  Lazarites, after Lazarus


I mentioned some of these, and actually a character called Lazarus created these undead beings, so Lazarites is particularly apt! Also, the name of the planet it's set on is Anima, I think - so it's all a bit connected..

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RE: Other words for zombie - 23/3/2010 12:18:24 PM   
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In 'World War Z' the army guys nick name the Zombies "Zacks" so how about a nickname instead of a medical/scientist term. How about "Georges" in honour of George Romero,

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RE: Other words for zombie - 23/3/2010 1:00:05 PM   
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RE: Other words for zombie - 23/3/2010 1:16:33 PM   
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RE: Other words for zombie - 23/3/2010 1:45:00 PM   
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RE: Other words for zombie - 23/3/2010 3:13:21 PM   
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living = victus
dead = mortuus

living dead = victumortuus.

Although, Lazarites is a great term.


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RE: Other words for zombie - 23/3/2010 4:22:29 PM   
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RE: Other words for zombie - 23/3/2010 4:47:52 PM   
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RE: Other words for zombie - 23/3/2010 5:41:43 PM   
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RE: Other words for zombie - 23/3/2010 7:18:02 PM   
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A word of greek origin is Apéthantoi, which means the undead in general.
My personal choice would be another Greek word, the Necrovates or Necrovatai (also Nekrovates/-ai), which means the dead who walk.
I'd go for a Greek word for a change, because a) I'm Greek, naturally , and b) Latin has been widely used so far.
Eidolon is not entirely accurate, it is mostly used to describe a phantom.


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RE: Other words for zombie - 24/3/2010 10:48:35 AM   
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RE: Other words for zombie - 24/3/2010 11:01:03 AM   
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Does a Revenant have a soul? I saw a film called The Revenant in November (it's amazing by the way if you ever come across it!) about a guy who comes back from the dead, but can stop decomposing by eating people, and in the film was separated from a 'zombie' by definition. Not sure if he had a soul or not (although i reckon he did) but might be worth a look

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RE: Other words for zombie - 24/3/2010 7:37:26 PM   
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Just jumping in on the revenue gathering:
i like Epiphany Demon's suggestions they sound quite classy - in a zombie naming kind of way - but if i was your friend i would definately go for something along the lines of notagoodideatodosweetlovewith. It's true you know!

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RE: Other words for zombie - 24/3/2010 7:51:09 PM   
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Just jumping in on the revenue gathering:
i like Epiphany Demon's suggestions they sound quite classy - in a zombie naming kind of way - but if i was your friend i would definately go for something along the lines of notagoodideatodosweetlovewith. It's true you know!


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But I do like Lazarites.

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RE: Other words for zombie - 24/3/2010 8:50:54 PM   
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I've got the book, Pride and Prejudice and Zombies.
In that they're called unmentionables, which i quite like.


That's kinda funny, but a little weird for me. One of my friends calls her underwear her unmentionables.

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RE: Other words for zombie - 24/3/2010 11:36:02 PM   
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Zombinies.
They are baby Zombies.

And on that note, I'm off to watch Zombieland.

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RE: Other words for zombie - 25/3/2010 8:23:53 AM   
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RE: Other words for zombie - 25/3/2010 9:09:11 AM   
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There are many Zombist words being spouted on this thread. We should show some respect for the Living Impaired,

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RE: Other words for zombie - 25/3/2010 12:29:05 PM   
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RE: Other words for zombie - 25/3/2010 12:54:42 PM   
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RE: Other words for zombie - 25/3/2010 2:59:19 PM   
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