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There are a list below of nouns, verbs, etc, that are replaced every now and then by viral words origination from players. The list also consists of irregular words said by NPC's/AI's in the top-left communications panel.

  • AFMU: Auto Field-Maintenance Unit
  • AspX: Abbreviation of Asp Explorer.
  • Boiling: Silent Running near a star or a station orbiting close to a star.
  • Billionaire: Term traditionally used for a player that took advantage of a past major server transaction glitch which caused commodity duplicating where multiple player(s) had obtained 1,000,000,000+ credits.
  • Board Flipping: The bygone practice of switching between Open/Private Group/Solo modes to force mission boards to refresh and present new missions, usually done to stack multiple missions of the same type to maximize convenience and profitability. While viewed with distaste by a segment of the community, Frontier Developments have confirmed that Board Flipping is not an exploit or violation of the game's Terms of Service. Board flipping is no longer possible since patch 3.3, as the missions change now every 15 minutes, not after relogging.
  • Brick: Lakon Type-6 Transporter ship, for it's appearance looking very similar to the shape of a brick.
  • Buggy: Surface Recon Vehicle.
  • CG: Community Goal. Commanders can sign up for missions and community rewards at stations that are hosting a community goal.
  • CMDR: Abbreviation of Commander.
  • Combat Logging: See Combat Logging. The act of shutting off the game during combat or when being interdicted. Unlike typical rage-quitting, the goal is generally to avoid a potential loss of one's ship (and any commodities it may be carrying) and paying for the rebuy. The practice is viewed with distaste by much of the community and considered an exploit by Frontier Developments.
  • Conda: Short term for an Anaconda. Not to be confused with the F63 Condor, a ship at the other end of the size spectrum. Build is often tagged on: shieldconda, plasmaconda, cannoconda, etc.
  • CQC: Close Quarters Combat. A combat game inside the Elite:Dangerous universe where human combatants fight each other.
  • CZ: Conflict Zone. A region of space currently in a state of conflict between two local factions.
  • DBS: Short term for the Diamondback Scout.
  • DBX: Short term for the Diamondback Explorer.
  • Death Flower: Slang for a Thargoid Interceptor.
  • FDL: Short term for the Fer-de-Lance. Could also be used to refer to Faulcon DeLacy, but isn't typically used to do so.
  • Fed: NPC or player allied with the Federation / the Federation itself.
  • Freagle: The free Eagle MkII given to players who pre-ordered Elite Dangerous.
  • Freebooter: A term originally said by authority vessels against a pilot caught doing an illegal action. An illegal plunderer, pillager, or invader.
  • Friendship Drive: Affectionate term for the Frame Shift Drive based on the pronunciation of the Verity COVAS.
  • FDev: Frontier Developments, the developers of Elite Dangerous.
  • Ganking: Attacking other players when the odds are greatly against the victim, i.e. they have a much less powerful ship, are new to the game, or are greatly outnumbered. If unjustified by any game mechanic such as powerplay or piracy, it may be considered abusive (see griefing below).
  • Gold Rush: When a large number of players flock to an area to take advantage of missions that are extremely profitable and also low-risk, fast to complete, or very simple. Gold Rushes are generally not considered exploits, but are often caused by bugs or oversights, and Frontier Developments is quick to take action to end them once they are widely known. See here for a list of previous Gold Rushes.
  • Griefer: A player who deliberately irritates and harasses other players. See Griefers for more information.
  • Grinding: Completing repetitive tasks many times over in order to get game rewards. Grinding is generally not considered enjoyable, and can be a criticism of game mechanics. Also can be the hallmark of a particularly determined player, however.
  • HazRES: A Hazardous Resource Extraction Site. These sites don't enjoy the authority protection that other resource sites do.
  • HiRES or HighRES: A high intensity Resource Extraction Site, one where pirate or hostile activity is high.
  • High Wake: An inter-system jump, or hyperspace; the wake left behind by a ship entering hyperspace.
  • Hot soup: Fuel scooped from a star.
  • Imp: An NPC or player allied with the Empire and flying an Imperial vessel.
  • KGBFOAM: An easy-to-remember acronym for the star types that can be scooped for fuel. The galaxy map allows route filters to be applied relating to — amongst other criteria — star type.
  • KWS: Short term for Kill Warrant Scanner.
  • Letter box: A term for a station's Access Corridor.
  • Lithobraking: Bringing a ship to a complete stop by colliding with a landable planet's surface, resulting in the loss of the ship. A common occurrence on high-gravity worlds.
  • Loop of Shame: term for missing (station etc.) in supercruise, and needing to loop around to jump out
  • LoRes or LowRes: A low intensity Resource Extraction Site, one where pirate or hostile activity is low.
  • Low Wake: An intra-system jump, or supercruise; the wake left behind by a ship entering supercruise.
  • Mailslot: Another term for a station's Access Corridor.
  • Mass Jump: When a large group of ships in the same instance jumps to hyperspace at the same time. Most commonly done during player expeditions. See Mass Jump.
  • Meta: The metagame, the "game within a game". Originally a term from chess, it refers to advanced players making study of game mechanics to gain further advantage. See Engineers.
  • Noise Machine: An Adder, particularly it's sounds disliked by many players.
  • Noob Hammers: Refers to the long "arms" that can be present on the exterior of certain Coriolis stations. Since docking with such stations can require piloting around the rotating arms to reach the Access Corridor, inexperienced pilots have been known to collide with them.
  • NPC: Non-player character. This is a broader term, coined in the early days of multiplayer games, used to describe characters that are not players, but are under computer control.
  • o7: An emoticon for a salute. Used to say both hello and goodbye.
  • OC: Orbital cruise.
  • POI: Point of interest, typically a rocky outcrop or some other scannable or collectable item on a planet's or moon's surface. See also USS, WSS, SSS.
  • PA: Short term for Plasma Accelerator.
  • PAC: Another term for Plasma Accelerator.
  • Pills: Short term for the narcotics commodity.
  • PP: Power Play. A system of political organisations, one of which a commander may align themselves.
  • PSG: Short term for Prismatic Shield Generator.
  • PvE and PvP: Player vs Environment (fighting NPCs) and Player vs Player. The distinction is necessary because both can lend themselves to radically different ship builds and playstyles.
  • Redbull Can: Deployed mine, cylinder-looking shape.
  • RES: Short term for Resource Extraction Site.
  • SC: Supercruise.
  • SCB: Shield Cell Bank, an optional module used to quickly regenerate shields.
  • Sidey: Short term for a Sidewinder.
  • SLF: Ship Launched Fighter. A small, manoeuvrable craft fitted with weapons and launched to support a larger ship in combat.
  • Space cow: The Lakon Type-9 Heavy.
  • Space madness: See Space madness.
  • SRV: Surface Recon Vehicle.
  • Tank: A ship build optimised for "tanking" (absorbing) the largest possible amounts of damage. The variants are a shield tank, and a hull tank (for armour).
  • Thirsty: A ship that is low on fuel.
  • Toast rack: The metal frame structure outside of a station's airlock.
  • Trash can: A cargo canister containing scrap, biowaste or other waste commodities.
  • Ugly Duckling: An Adder, compared to the other vessels manufactured by Zorgon Peterson.
  • Useless Dreg: Common insult originally coming from pirates after a scan shows no cargo.
  • USS: Short term for Unidentified Signal Source.
  • Whale: An Orca, for the ship name originating from a whale species.
  • Winder: Another short term for a Sidewinder.
  • Railwinder: Slang for a Sidewinder with railguns in the hardpoint slots.
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