The following are common slang terms and expressions that are used in the Greater Ebontide Region.  


  • Alteraci Standoff: A situation in which both sides of an arrangement are deceitful and it is a matter of when, not if one will betray the other. 


  • Boot-Wife: A camp follower, especially one that a soldier has taken a particular interest in.  The saying comes from the belief that soldiers with well polished boots are the ones that have a camp follower to tend them. 
  • Boozehound: A play on the Alteraci Brewhound, the term "boozehound" refers to an Alteraci, particularly their desire to drink whenever it is convenient to them and inconvenient to someone else.  Not surprisingly, soldiers on the Eastern Front referred to Lord Beauregard as "Boozeregard."
  • Border Knight: A term for knights that are knighted by other knights, generally, it refers to the fact that they fought "on the border" between two warring houses and were hired out as mercenaries.  A romantic figure to some, border knights are generally treated as mercenaries with a flimsy code of chivalry. 


  • Cauldie: literally, "cauldron."  Actually means something that is very unpleasant. 
  • Chatty Schatty: taken from the House of Schatten, this a person that likes to talk at length about something they're interested in, often without considering if that interest is shared. 
  • Chattin' like a Schatten: much like the above, this deals with the propensity of a person to discuss something at lengths. It can be used affectionately, indicating that the person's earnest interest is bleeding through and an otherwise dull topic is enjoyable. 
  • Centaur: a person from Arathor, specifically a female from Arathor that is considered masculine.
  • Cousin: only used in the Dawn.  If a person inquires if he or she might consider a person "their cousin," it is an informal inquiry as to whether or not they might be interested in a casual affair.  The implication is that relations between cousins cannot become 'formal' and thus, to be considered a 'cousin' is little more than being considered a happenstance dalliance.  People in the Dawn rarely see anything wrong with this term, though it may confuse others.


  • Dogman: A term for a worgen or one of the Blydcydwyd




  • Gilnean Twins: also known as "Tiran Twins," when a couple has one child within a year of having another.  
  • Gilly: a Gilnean.
  • Grasper's Promise: Something of no value; useless.  Refers to the fact people from the Grasp often lie or can do little to aid any because of their poor character and lacking values.
  • Grasping: used specifically in the Dawn, this term refers most can be stated as "slumming," or "lowering one's standard for the sake of gratification."  It initially is said to have come from the concept of grasping at whatever one can when they are drowning, though people of the Dawn are good swimmers.  More likely (and some would say accurately), it merely refers to lowering one's standards to something that would come of the Grasp, proper.


  • Houndmaster: a person known for keeping company with female worgen.
  • Hedgelord: a person given to needlessly aggressive displays as a means of proving their mettle.  Because lords that are found along borders tend to often fight, it is believed that much of their undue aggression is a means of establishing dominance before a battle need come to pass.  The hedgelord is thus a person that speaks far larger than he needs to and often tries to offer the most biting, often scathing commentary.


  • In the Cauldie: A statement that something has become unpleasant and/or undesirable.  It was based on the saying: "got in a barrel, found in a cauldron" which is to say "you entered a bad situation, now you'll suffer for it."  Though often said by children, it actually is based on the grotesque practice of boiling witches in cauldrons to prove they were evil. 



  • Kennel: a person known for keeping company with male worgen.
  • Kully: a person from Kul Tiras.
  • Knucklesucker: a particularly rough and rowdy type of person.  From the Blydcydwyd, it refers to a type of baked good known translated to the "knuckle-cake" because it is very difficult to eat.  As in Blydcydwyd culture, it is considered rude to turn down food, those that are visited by disagreeable persons often offer them this overly cooked bread, filled with seeds and grain to make it sharp upon eating.  The belief is that to deserve such a thing you must be a tough person.


  • Little Alterac: A term for Dreadholme, referencing that the people of the Dread are as trustworthy as those of Alterac. 


  • Marsh Spit: A type of moonshine favored in the Grasp.  Because it is thickened with yeast, it has a viscous texture and when particularly potent, can be practically chewed.
  • Millie: Short for "Mildred," it is a term for a woman that is old and unmarried.  It can also refer to a woman that has had a miscarriage, something that Mildred of the Marsh was said to have done. 
  • Mogo: Comes from "mogu" and is associated with violent thugs, often people addicted to Pandaria, or even nobles that are considered unfair in their dealings with others. 
  • Mosquito: The child of a bastard, especially one from Blackmarsh.  Because the surname "Meadows" is used, it is considered a creature that no one wants to see.
  • Madam's Tea: Laudanum.  While pandaria is considered something lower in class than most narcotics, laudanum has been used to treat a wide variety of ailments.  Because women are known to take it with their tea, particularly those that lead larger households, it has come to be associated with women of some importance.  It is also known as "mum's tea."  The withdrawal affects of sweating and breathlessness also mirror that of a state of arousal, making it a favorite of some lords who would have their wives seem more interested in them. 




  • Pandaria: A term for the narcotic, an opiate of sorts, pioneered by Orazio Garibald and Edevyn Bayne.  Used primarily in Pandaria, it encouraged soldiers to fight through their pain. 
  • Pebble Knight: Used primarily in Highpass to refer to the great mass of landed knights which constitute the majority of the province's nobility. Refers to the concept that one could lift a pebble in the forest and find that a vainglorious lancer has taken it for his demense. 


  • Queen's Tits!: An exclamation of disbelief in most cases.  Based on the assets of Madelynne I, it is not considered an appropriate thing to say and may be viewed as sacreligious to some.  


  • Racking: From the word "Alterac," it means that a person has willfully conned another.  Although sometimes thought to refer the torture rack, it is a racial pejorative and should not be said in mixed company without expecting conflict.
  • Rockbiter: A person from Alterac, particularly an aggressive one.  
  • Round-Eye: A term for Pandaren, who are known to have extremely large and round eyes. Favored in Eastfold against the many imported laborers. 


  • Sirster: A term that comes from "sirst cousin" or "sister + first cousin," it is used almost exclusively for people that come from the Dawn.  The belief is that because incest is so prevalent among the upper tiers of society that a person's sister is likely to be his first cousin.
  • Shao: From the Pandaren "xiao," or "little," it is common among soldiers that fought in Pandaria.  Most often it refers to a quantity, such as a small amount of coin.  
  • Smooth as a Rock in Twill: refers to a person that is clearly putting on airs for the sake of convention, when clearly they are a less becoming background.  Stromgardian persons that abandon their clannish ways are often regarded in this manner. 
  • Snowflake: A woman from Alterac, so named because they are said to become increasingly wet once heated.  


  • Twitch: a person addicted to Pandaria, named for their twitchy nature. 




  • Wampa-wampa: a term for saberon that the Royal Army soldiers use in Draenor.  Although a disparaging term in some degree, it is also used in cordial conversation and normally carries no excess hostility.  It seems to be based on the perception that "wampa" is a common part of saberon names. 
  • Witch's Tit: a way to describe something as "off" or "wonky," it is often used derisively or off-handedly.  It can also mean that something has become disasterous.  (e.g: "things were going good, but then the commander lost his nerve and we were staring at the witch's tit.")  It is said primarily in the Grasp. 
  • Woodman: a dullard; a person of little interest.  A reference to how the people of Blackwood are known to have done little in many conflicts and kept to themselves.  It can also be said that they are of wooden skulls and emptied minds, but that is usually implied rather than stated.  People of Blackwood rarely take issue with this openly, though a nose has been broken over its repetition when suddenly their tempers are found. 



  • Yellow-yellow: A drug used primarily on the Eastern Front during the War of the Light, it was favored by people that came from Dawnford.  Reportedly made from a paste soaked in vulpine urine and then dried, it was mixed with opium and applied to a person's gums or an open wound.  


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