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Old October 29th 10, 07:48   #1
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Earthers?

Why people from earth were called "earthers" by everybody else?
Wouldn't "earthlings" or "terrans" be more appropriate name calling?
"Earthers" sounds more like it was an ideological conviction instead of just being from there like "earthlings" or "terrans".
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Old October 29th 10, 12:13   #2
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It was meant to be derogatory.
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Old October 29th 10, 18:48   #3
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I don't really think "Earther" was intended to be derogatory, it's just a name.. "Earthling" just sounds goofy and 1950s. "Humans" is too broad because there are lots of humans not born on earth. "Terrans" sounds pretentious.

"Earther" ain't great, but it is at least immediately clear. They chose "Marsie" (Which really is a terrible name) because they were afraid if they called people from Mars "Martians" the audience would think they were aliens.
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Old October 29th 10, 21:53   #4
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IThey chose "Marsie" (Which really is a terrible name) because they were afraid if they called people from Mars "Martians" the audience would think they were aliens.
Every instance I remember of the use of "marsie" was one in which it was being used derrogatorily.
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Yeah, and as far as I can recall, every use of both was derogatorily aimed by the other group: only Earthers called people from Mars "Marsies," and only Marsies called people from Earth "Earthers."
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Well ok, then.
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Old October 31st 10, 06:48   #7
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Yeah, and as far as I can recall, every use of both was derogatorily aimed by the other group: only Earthers called people from Mars "Marsies," and only Marsies called people from Earth "Earthers."
Actually, Neroon used it too (season 2 "All Alone in the Night"). And yes, it's derogatory.

However, to me it's a gramatical error. Because it'll translate to "people who believe in earth" instead of "people from earth".

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Yeah, and as far as I can recall, every use of both was derogatorily aimed by the other group: only Earthers called people from Mars "Marsies," and only Marsies called people from Earth "Earthers."
Actually, Neroon used it too (season 2 "All Alone in the Night"). And yes, it's derogatory.

However, to me it's a gramatical error. Because it'll translate to "people who believe in earth" instead of "people from earth".
Or perhaps "Those who Earth," whatever that might mean. <G>
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However, to me it's a gramatical error. Because it'll translate to "people who believe in earth" instead of "people from earth".
No, that would be "Earthists," or perhaps "Earthites" or "Earthics."

I've always preferred "Earthoids" myself...
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Didn't the Drazi ambassador call someone an Earther? I think it was either Ivanova or Garibaldi in season 2's Geometry of Shadows.
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