A Language Primer
agent: A semi-autonomous program that is capable of taking independent action in the Matrix.
archive: An area of a host that stores files securely away from all users, legitimate or otherwise.
artificial intelligence (AI): Self–aware and self–sustaining intelligent programs that evolved within the Matrix.
augmented reality (AR): Information added to or overlaid upon a user’s normal sensory perceptions in the form of visual data, graphics, sounds, haptics, smell, and/or limited simsense.
augmented reality object (ARO): Virtual representations (usually visual graphics, but other sensory data can be included, typically sound) that are connected to a physical object or location in the physical world and viewable through augmented reality. The abbreviation, ARO, is pronounced “arrow.”
avatar: The icon of a persona.
better–than–life (BTL, beetle): Hyper–real levels of simsense that are addictive and potentially dangerous.
breeder: n. Ork slang for a “normal” human.
brick: To destroy a device by Matrix damage; also, a device destroyed in that fashion.
buzz: v. Go away. Buzz off.
chill: adj. Good, cool, acceptable.
chip truth: n. A fact or honest statement.
chipped: adj. Senses, skills, reflexes, muscles, and so on, enhanced by cyberware.
chrome: n. Cyberware, especially obvious enhancements.
chummer: n. Friend, used in the same sense as “pal” or “buddy.”
clip: n. A box magazine for a firearm.
cold-sim: Standard simsense that operates at legal, safe levels. Used by most people to access virtual reality.
comm: n. Short for commlink, your phone, handheld computer, music player, game device, and more in the palm of your hand.
commcode: Combination email address, phone number, and IM name that identifies an individual for communications; if people want to get a hold of you, this is what they need.
commlink (‘link): The handheld or worn personal computer used by nearly everyone to access wireless services.
complex form: Mental algorithms that technomancers use to manipulate the Matrix—their equivalent of programs.
control rig: An implanted augmentation that allows a rigger to “jump” into a vehicle, drone, or other device, giving him or her superior control and performance.
corp: n. Corporation. adj. Corporate.
cred: n. Money. Reputation, especially good reputation.
dandelion eater: n. (vulgar) An elf.
dataslave: n. Corporate decker or other data-processing employee.
datasteal: n. Theft of data from a computer, usually by decking.
deck: A tablet-sized computer used to hack the Matrix; it is restricted or illegal in most of the civilized world.
deck: n. A cyberdeck. v. To use a cyberdeck, usually illegally.
decker: n. A person who illegally uses a cyberdeck.
deckhead: n. Simsense abuser.
demiGOD: A subsection of the Grid Overwatch Division that oversees a single grid, run by the grid’s owner.
device: A piece of gear that performs functions integral to a network.
direct neural interface (DNI): A connection between the brain’s neural impulses and a computer system that allows a user to mentally interact with that system.
drek: n. (vulgar) Feces. A common curse word.
drone: An unmanned vehicle that can be controlled via direct wireless link or through the Matrix.
dump: v. To be involuntarily ejected from the Matrix.
dumpshock: n. The painful sensation of being forcibly ejected from the Matrix while deeply involved in multi-sensory interactions.
echo: An enhanced ability a technomancer can learn after undergoing submersion.
exec: n. A corporate executive.
fading: Mental drain technomancers sometimes experience when using their abilities.
file: A program or set of data that is collected as a single package; this runs the gamut from annual reports and kitten videos to autosofts and Attack programs.
firewall: A program that guards a node from intrusion. This is the first line of defense of a device or host to fend off unwanted Matrix interference.
frag: v. (vulgar) Common swear word referring to the act of copulation.
fragged: adj. (vulgar) Broken, in trouble.
geek: v. To kill.
geo-tagging: Assigning AROs to a specific physical location, often using RFID tags.
ghost in the machine: Mysterious phenomena and perceived entities that exist entirely within the Matrix. Some believe these are AIs or magical spirits of the Matrix. Others believe they are the disembodied personalities of people trapped within the Matrix during and since the Crash of ‘64.
GOD: Grid Overwatch Division, an entity run by the Corporate Court to oversee security in the Matrix.
go-gang: n. A vehicular gang.
grid: The resources offered by a Matrix provider; typically, you can access information on that provider’s grid easily, while accessing info on other grids is more difficult. The term is also used to refer to the Matrix as a whole outside any host.
hacker: Someone who explores and exploits the Matrix.
hacker: n. Someone who illegally interacts with the Matrix, either by using a cyberdeck (as a “decker”) or with the power of their mind (as a “technomancer”).
halfer: n. (vulgar) A dwarf.
haptics: Computer interactions based on the sense of touch.
hoi: interject. (Dutch) Hi, a familiar form of greeting.
hoop: n. (vulgar) A common curse word referring to a person’s backside.
hose: v. Louse up. Screw up.
host: A self-contained place in the Matrix. Hosts have no physical location, as they exist purely in the Matrix cloud.
hot-sim: Simsense without the safeguards that prevent potentially damaging biofeedback. Hot-sim is illegal in the civilized world.
ice: n. Security software. From “intrusion countermeasures” or IC.
icon: The virtual representation of a device, persona, file, or host in the Matrix.
intrusion countermeasures (IC): Software that runs in a host and protects that host from unauthorized users. The abbreviation, IC, is pronounced “ice.”
jack: v. To connect or disconnect to the Matrix or other device via a jack. Use jack in to mean establishing the connection, jack out to mean breaking a connection. Using jack alone refers to changing from one state to the other.
jackpoint: Any physical location that provides access to the Matrix through plugging in with a wired connection.
jander: v. To walk in an arrogant yet casual manner; to strut.
jing: n. Money, usually cash.
joyboy: n. A male prostitute.
joygirl: n. A female prostitute.
keeb: n. (vulgar) An elf.
kobun: n. (Japanese) A member of a Yakuza clan.
living persona: The mental “organic software” that allows technomancers to access the Matrix with only their minds.
master: A device, usually a commlink, cyberdeck, or host, that is linked to other devices in order to protect them against Matrix attacks.
Matrix authentication recognition key (mark): A token that measures a user’s access to a device, host, or persona.
Matrix object: A persona, file, device, mark, or host in the Matrix.
Matrix: The worldwide telecommunications network and everyone and everything connected to and by that network.
meat: (slang) An unwired individual, or the physical part of a Matrix user in VR.
meat: n. A physical body. Pertaining to the physical world. Organs harvested for sale.
merc: n. A mercenary.
meshed: (slang) Online, connected to the Matrix.
mojo: n. (Caribbean) Magic. A spell.
Mr. Johnson: n. Refers to an anonymous employer or corporate agent, regardless of gender or national origin.
mundane: n. (vulgar) Non-magician. adj. Non-magical.
noise: Unwanted data or wireless signals that make using the Matrix slower or more difficult. (slang) Unwelcome information.
nutrisoy: n. A cheaply processed food product derived from soybeans
nuyen: n. The world’s standard currency.
omae: n. A close friend. Can be used sarcastically.
organlegging: v. Trading in organs or cyberware harvested from formerly living people.
oyabun: n. (Japanese) The head of a Yakuza clan.
pawn: n. (derogatory) Street slang for Knight Errant officers
paydata: n. A datafile worth money on the black market.
persona: A user, agent, or other autonomous or semi-autonomous icon in the Matrix.
personal area network (PAN): The set of devices slaved to a single commlink or cyberdeck.
pixie: n. (vulgar) An elf. An elf poser.
plex: n. A metropolitan complex, short for metroplex.
poli: n. A policlub or a policlub member. adj. Pertaining to a policlub.
radio frequency identification tag (RFID, pronounced “arfid”): A device no bigger than a matchbox that holds data and other miniaturized electronics.
razorgirl: n. A female with extensive combat enhancements.
razorguy: n. A male with extensive combat enhancements.
real life (RL): (slang) Anything not having to do with the Matrix.
Resonance: The measure of a technomancer’s ability to access and manipulate the Matrix.
Resonance Realms: A mysterious plane of virtual existence that technomancers can access. It is believed that a copy of every bit of electronic data ever created exists somewhere in the Resonance Realms.
rigger: Someone who uses a control rig to “jump” into a properly adapted device (usually a drone, vehicle, or security system) in order to directly control it as if the device were an extension of his or her own body.
roke: adj. Overly elaborate or unnecessarily detailed. From a shortening of Baroque.
samurai: n. (Japanese) Mercenary or muscle for hire. Implies an honor code or a good reputation.
sarariman: n. (Japanese) A corporate employee. From a mispronunciation of salaryman.
screamer: n. Credstick or other ID that triggers alarms if used.
scrip: n. A currency that is not nuyen, usually referring to currency issued by a megacorporation.
sculpting: The look and feel of a host’s internal virtual space.
simrig: A device for making simsense recordings.
simsense (sim, simstim): Hardware and software that enable a person to experience what has happened to someone else as if they had sensed and experienced the events themselves. Requires a direct neural interface.
simsense: n. A sensory broadcast or recording that lets the viewer feel and experience what the participants feel and experience.
SIN: n. System Identification Number. Identification number assigned to each person in the society.
SINless: adj. Lacking a SIN. n. A SINless person.
SINner: n. A person with a SIN. An honest person.
slave: A device connected to a master device, usually a commlink, cyberdeck, or host, on which the slave depends for defense against Matrix attacks.
slot: n. (vulgar) Mild curse word referring to female genitalia. v. To insert a chip or credstick into chip or credstick reading device.
slot and run: v. Hurry up. Get to the point. Move it.
so ka: (Japanese) I understand. I get it.
soykaf: n. Ersatz coffee substitute made from soybeans.
spam zone: An area flooded with invasive and/or viral AR advertising, causing noise.
spider: A security hacker/rigger employed by a corporation or law-enforcement agency to protect a physical space or a host from hackers.
sprawl: n. A metroplex (see plex); v. fraternize below one’s social level.
sprite: A Resonance-based entity created (or called) by a technomancer.
squat: n. Abandoned urban area used for housing. (vulgar) A dwarf.
squishy: n. (vulgar) A dwarf, elf, or human. Usually used by orks and trolls.
Star, the: n. The police. Originally referring to Lone Star specifically.
static: n. Trouble, usually social in nature.
static zone: An area where the physical environment creates noise.
submersion: A state in which a technomancer strengthens his or her connection to the Resonance.
swag: adj. Awesome.
tag: An RFID tag.
technomancer: A person who is able to use and manipulate the Matrix without hardware. The term often carries connotations of hacking and cyber-terrorism.
trideo: n. The three-dimensional successor to video. Trid for short.
trodes: A headband or net worn on the head that creates a direct neural interface. Popular models include an attached hat, wig, or other headware. Short for “dry active electrode array.”
trog: n. (vulgar) An ork or troll. From troglodyte.
tusker: n. (vulgar) An ork or troll.
vatjob: n. A person with extensive cyberware replacement, reference is to a portion of the process during which the patient must be submerged in nutrient fluid.
virtual reality (VR): A state where outside stimuli are ignored and the user only receives impressions from the Matrix. Requires a direct neural interface.
wagemage: n. A magician (usually mage) employed by a corporation.
wageslave: n. A low-level corporate employee.
wetwork: n. Assassination. Murder.
wide area network: A set of devices slaved to a host.
wired: adj. Equipped with cyberware, especially increased reflexes.
wiz: adj. Wonderful, excellent.
wizard: n. A magician, usually a mage.
wizworm: n. A dragon.
Yak: n. (Japanese) Yakuza. Either a clan member or a clan itself.
zaibatsu: n. (Japanese) A megacorporation.