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Daemon
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tellurian

(noun) An inhabitant of the earth; a terrestrial.

Synonyms: earthling

Usage: I was the first tellurian the Martians had ever seen, and they were as curious about me as I was about them.
jeangnome
Posted: Saturday, December 28, 2013 6:03:38 AM

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How could I have lived to be 67yrs. of age and never once heard of this word in my entire life?
Absurdicuss
Posted: Saturday, December 28, 2013 7:39:39 AM
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by geologic time. at 67 yrs. you're newly conceived, jean. so much to know so little time.
IMcRout
Posted: Saturday, December 28, 2013 8:57:35 AM
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I knew ABOUT the word, having read it in several SciFi books.
I had always connected it in some way with Tellurium, however, and had gone on reading without any further ado. Think
Christine
Posted: Saturday, December 28, 2013 9:20:01 AM
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New to me.
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Posted: Saturday, December 28, 2013 9:55:55 AM

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I love sci-fi, and read dictionaries. Yet...somehow...you managed to elude my tellurian mammal clutches.

Well played, "Tellurian." Well played.

You are a worthy opponent.
AnnaMaria
Posted: Saturday, December 28, 2013 1:02:25 PM

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New words coined everyday! In my mother tong too, but most of them are borrowings with native suffixes, we even put them in the "appropriate" gender and get ridiculous results.
palapaguy
Posted: Saturday, December 28, 2013 5:06:06 PM

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Good question, AnnaMaria.

So is a male Tellurian a Telluriano?

And is a female Tellurian a Telluriana?

Methinks the old standby "Earthling" should suffice.
Absurdicuss
Posted: Saturday, December 28, 2013 5:25:49 PM
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and for the girls earthlingettes, or she-lings.
Jyrkkä Jätkä
Posted: Saturday, December 28, 2013 5:32:56 PM

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You must have heard of Tellus, anyway...

(I once knew a guy who worked in a circus. He was called Circus Ian ;-)
MTC
Posted: Saturday, December 28, 2013 7:05:28 PM
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The root "tellur" for earth shows up in a number of unusual words, including: cosmotellurian,
relating to, like, or pertaining to, both heaven and earth;tellurium, the chemical element; telluric, originating in the earth or from the element tellurium;tellurion, a model showing how day, night, and the seasons occur;tellurism, the now-discredited theory of "animal magnetism," the supposed influence of the earth in causing disease, and a medical syndrome resulting from exposure to Tellurium.

On the more cheerful side, Telluride is a well-known ski resort in Colorado.

"Terr" and "terra" are the more familiar Latin roots for earth. Terroirism, you may already know, is the flavor or bouquet wine acquires from the soil or earth. Which reminds me. think I'll pour a glass...

sahzade akdag
Posted: Saturday, December 28, 2013 7:44:40 PM
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cool word
Absurdicuss
Posted: Saturday, December 28, 2013 11:45:47 PM
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Tell who? A Sir-Cuss-Ian JJ?
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