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Note: Most of these are rough guesses based on the context in which the terms are used. They could be wrong. It can be inferred that these terms are used by a majority of lowbloods, and are less common among highbloods. Terminology from secondary sources which is not necessarily canon (such as Paradox Space or Andrew Hussie's twitter) is marked in italics.

Troll term Rough human translation
12th Perigee's EveSburb Logo Some sort of troll holiday celebration. Lusus leaves prior to this event and returns on the day of this celebration with a behemoth leaving for the purpose of decorating, somewhat culturally similar to the cutting down and decorating of a coniferous tree for Christmas.
Ablution trapSburb Logo Bathtub/Shower. (Lowblood vernacular, highbloods use the human term.)
Aggravation spongeSburb Logo Probably part of a troll's brain.
Alternian slam poetrySburb Logo An ancient art form similar to rap.
Anguish bladderSburb Logo A gland inside the troll forehead. Stores dismay fluid. Probably either a tear gland or part of the troll endocrine system.
ArcheradicatorSburb Logo Alternian profession sought by Equius. "Perhaps the most noble echelon the imperial forces have to offer."
Auricular sponge clotsSburb Logo Ears. More specifically, some part of the ears' internal anatomy.
AuspisticeSburb Logo An auspistice is sort of like a peacekeeper who prevents a caliginous rivalry from spiraling out of control. See ashen quadrant for further details.
Autoerogenous shame globesSburb Logo Some sort of troll sexual organs. Likely connected to feelings of pleasure; Karkat mentions "stimulating our autoerogenous shame globes" as a seeming analogue for masturbation.
Banana hammockSburb Logo Briefs (possibly just human slang, since it was used by Arquiusprite and he prefixed it with "human").
Bark gnomesSburb Logo Unknown, possibly some type of mischievous forest-dwelling fairies from Alternian folklore, possibly just a snarky joke Karkat made up on the fly.
BarkbeastSburb Logo Dog.
BarkfiendSburb Logo Dog.
BeefgrubSburb Logo Probably either some of insectoid Alternian livestock and / or the Alternian equivalent of sausage.
Behemoth leaving Sburb Logo The leaving of a behemoth. Traditionally dragged in by one's lusus and decorated similar to a Christmas tree on 12th Perigees' Eve.
BlockSburb Logo Room. See: "Respiteblock," "Rumpusblock," "Looneyblock."
Blow sackSburb Logo Vocal sac (an organ used by some species of frogs to amplify their croaks).
Bone bulgeSburb Logo Seems to be a vulgar term for some troll sexual organ (but it could be a vulgar term for a horn).
Bone nookSburb Logo Seems to be a vulgar term for a specific bodily orifice. May be synonymous with nook.
BugwingedSburb Logo Used as an expletive modifier. Due to their idealization of being winged, may be a form of invocation of the sacred.
Bulbhuggers Bra. (not quite canon, jokingly suggested by Andrew Hussie as a possible term but never used in canon)
BulgeSburb Logo Probably synonymous with bone bulge. Seems to be vulgar.
BUOYSburb Logo Burgundy / Umber / Ocher / Yellowgreen. Politically correct Beforan term for lowbloods.
Can of dirt noodlesSburb Logo Can of worms. (Used by Kankri in Openbound.)
Cartilaginous nub Sburb Logo Nose.
CavalreaperSburb Logo Alternian profession sought by Tavros. Mounted Cavalry.
Chagrin tunnelSburb Logo Probably either "ass" or some caliginous organ, or the mouth/throat of someone expressing chagrin.
Cheese critterSburb Logo Mouse
Chitinous windholeSburb Logo Larynx.
CholerbearSburb Logo A bear-like form of Alternian wildlife. Possibly has six arms/limbs as suggested by Karkat in a conversation with Jade. At least some varieties are armoredSburb Logo. Sometimes a lusus for tealbloods, noted as being sluggish and large enough to rideSburb Logo. Particularly strong armsSburb Logo.
ChumbucketSburb Logo Derogatory term for sea dwellers, probably extremely vulgar (see filial pail and Wikipedia's chumming article for some context).
CIPSburb Logo Cerulean / Indigo / Purple. Politically correct Beforan term for land dwelling highbloods.
CluckbeastSburb Logo A chicken-like fowl.
Clutchropes Grappling hooks / harpoons. (Source: Critical MissPXS icon.)
CocoonSburb Logo Synonymous with Recuperacoon.
Collapsing and expanding bladder based aquatic vascular system Sburb Logo The sea troll equivalent of a heart. May refer to a set of organs.
Communal hive stemSburb Logo Apartment tower.
Corpse boxSburb Logo Despite not burying their dead or having a concept of a funeral, Kanaya utilizes a word for casket when talking to Rose. Whether it was an existing term or one she invented is uncertain.
Crossing trestleSburb Logo Bridge.
CullSburb Logo Alternian: Kill (more specifically, be killed by Alternia's brutal, Spartanesque survival of the fittest system).
Beforan (and Feferi's personal dictionary. Related, as she is the empress in the Beforan universe): Adopt and coddle.
Dismay fluidSburb Logo An apparently real bodily fluid that trolls have, according to Karkat. Possibly tears. Stored in the anguish bladder.
Dross cofferSburb Logo Garbage can / dumpster / wastebasket.
Enclosure talonsSburb Logo Quotation marks.
Exoskeleton Sburb Logo Typically literal, but can be used in the same way as a human would use backbone e.g. "Backbone of an argument."
Falldown slatSburb Logo Skateboard.
Filial pailSburb Logo Bucket. More specifically, the sort of bucket used to store and transport the slurry used in troll reproduction.
Finish crumbsSburb Logo Periods.
FlaysquadSburb Logo A regimine of threshecutioners.
Four wheel deviceSburb Logo Skateboard, wheelchairSburb Logo and probably anything else with four wheels.
FrondSburb Logo Leg (as in "pulling someone's frond")
Frond nub Foot, or possibly toe. ("I w8ted on you prong and fucking nu8."Sburb Logo)
Game grubSburb Logo Alternian equivalent of game cartridges, discs, USB drives et cetera. Also the name of an Alternian / Beforan gaming magazine which is the troll counterpart of GameBro / Game GRL.
GallsphincterSburb Logo Probably some sort of valve somewhere in the troll biliary tract, possibly the troll equivalent of the sphincter of ampulla.
GamblignantSburb Logo Alternian profession emulated by Vriska. A type of pirate.
Gander bulbSburb Logo Eyeball, possibly Retina.
Glance nuggetSburb Logo Eye
Gland holsters Bra. (not quite canon, jokingly suggested by Andrew Hussie as a possible term but never used in canon)
Glitter biscuit Gold star sticker. (Source: Headed for stardom, page 3PXS icon
GrubSburb Logo A general term for insect larvae (and non-larval insectoids with neotenous, larva-like shapes). Examples include:


  • Alternian insectoid livestock (see beefgrub, grubsauce, grubsteak and grubloaf).
  • Baby trolls (AKA wigglers).
  • Game grubs.
  • Mother grubs.
Grub-fistedSburb Logo Ham-fisted
GrubloafSburb Logo Alternian food with some similarities to meatloaf and bread, although it might be closer to a sausage roll or meat bun. Likely fashioned from insectoid livestock. Commonly leavenedSburb Logo.
Grubloaf and tuber pasteSburb Logo Meat and potatoes.
GrubsauceSburb Logo Troll condiment. Sort of like mayonnaise, but with grubs. Sometimes mistaken for blood.
GrubshedSburb Logo Roughly equivalent to toolshed, woodshed or barn.
Grubsteak Steak from some sort of insectoid livestock.
GrubtubeSburb Logo Alternian equivalent of YouTube. Mentioned by Vriska. Also an equivalent to the plugSburb Logo. If the latter usage is related to Game Grubs, they may be fed and accessed by these tubes similar to an umbilical as suggested by this panel.Sburb Logo
GrubwurstSburb Logo A form of sausage made from Alternian insectoid livestock.
HatchedSburb Logo Born. (a hatched leader, hatched for each otherSburb Logo, hatchrightSburb Logo.)
HateSburb Logo In addition to human hate, the troll concept of hate also includes various forms of rivalry and hostility.
HatefriendSburb LogoSburb Logo A friend / rival of the non-romantic variety.
Having one's horns handed to themSburb Logo Soundly defeated. Served.
Hear Ducts Sburb Logo Ears, or a part of the ear.
Heft satchels Bra. (not quite canon, jokingly suggested by Andrew Hussie as a possible term but never used in canon)
Hemospectrum Sburb Logo Range of troll blood colors. Closely tied to social status.
Hive Sburb Logo Home.
Hold poles Railings.
HonkbirdSburb Logo Goose.
HoofSburb Logo Foot. Possibly slang.
HoofbeastSburb Logo Horse / cow / bull.
Hoofbeastmanure Bullshit / horseshit
Hunger trunkSburb LogoSburb Logo Refrigerator.
Husktop Laptop.
Ignorance shaftSburb Logo Throat (of someone saying something foolish).
Ignorance tunnelSburb Logo Mouth (of someone saying something foolish).
Injury panel Skateboard.
InvertebrotherSburb Logo Slang for "bro", used by Gamzee.
Jut duffels Bra. (not quite canon, jokingly suggested by Andrew Hussie as a possible term but never used in canon)
Kismesis Rival / lover. Enemy with benefits. See caliginous quadrant for further details.
LaughsassinSburb Logo Alternian profession. Utilizes trapezes according to Gamzee. Possibly an assassin of the clown variety.
LawnmealSburb Logo Picnic.
Lawnring Yard.
LegislaceratorSburb Logo Alternian profession sought by Terezi. Similar to a lawyer, but with more killing.
Load gaper Toilet.
Lobe stemSburb Logo Brainstem.
LookstubsSburb Logo Eyes.
LooneyblockSburb Logo Insane asylum.
LumpsquirtSburb Logo Some form of disgusting bodily fluid.
Lusus A form of animal guardian that functions as a caretaker, guide, and parental equivalent until adulthood. Lives in a symbiotic relationship with its child, who acts as a form of zookeeper. See Lusus.
MarchbugsSburb Logo Ants
Matesprit Romantic partner. See flushed quadrant for further details.
Mating fondness Romantic / sexual attraction in the flushed quadrant (see flushed quadrant for details).
Meal tunnelSburb Logo Throat.
Meal vault Fridge.
Moirail Moirails are sort of like close friends who calm each other down and keep each other out of trouble. See pale quadrant for further details.
Mucus on the grubloafSburb Logo Icing on the cake / tip of the iceberg.
Musclebeast Sburb Logo Alternian centaurs. (Might also refer to Alternian horses.)
Nibble verminSburb Logo Rat
Nook Sburb Logo Seems to be a vulgar term for a bodily orifice (could be either a general term for orifices or a term for a specific orifice). May be synonymous with bone nook. "Nook sniffer/whiffer" is an insult frequently used by Karkat.
Nub Seems to be a general term for any blunt, rounded body part (noseSburb Logo, shoulderSburb Logo, chestSburb Logo, kneesSburb Logo, Karkat's hornsSburb Logo, etc.). Can mean foot, apparently ("I w8ted on you prong and fucking nu8."Sburb Logo)
NugboneSburb Logo Head.
Nut creatureSburb Logo Squirrel.
Nutrition cylinderSburb Logo Can, specifically, the type of can used for canned food.
Nutrition plateauSburb LogoSburb LogoSburb Logo Plate.
OJA Olive / Jade / Aqua. Politically correct Beforan term for midbloods.
One wheel device Unicycle.
Oral sphincterSburb Logo Some part of a Mother Grub's anatomy. She possesses at least three, one of which is vestigial.
Pity Alternian trolls use the term "pity" to refer to any emotion which doesn't fall under the umbrella of hate. Even love is classified as a form of pity. It seems that Beforan trolls use a different emotional classification system, as the only Beforan troll to use the term "pity" is Cronus, who uses it the same way a human would, and Horuss talks about how he fell in love with Rufioh. There is also the possibility that Karkat was exaggerating and being cynical.
Platonic hatred Non-romantic human-style hatred.
Pointy-ass glam badges Gold star stickers. (Source: Paradox Space - Headed for Stardom)
Porous cranial platesSburb Logo Some area of head anatomy.
Probechute Possibly part of some troll sexual organ. Alternately, it may refer to part of some sensory organ (nostril, ear canal, some opening in the gills or fins on the sides of sea dweller faces). Sburb Logo
ProngSburb Logo Hand.
Protein chuteSburb Logo Espophagus.
Protrusion hammocks Bra. (not quite canon, jokingly suggested by Andrew Hussie as a possible term but never used in canon)
Pump biscuit Sburb Logo Heart. BothSburb Logo termsSburb Logo have been used by Equius.
PupaSburb Logo Young child. Perhaps baby or toddler.
Rainbow drinkerSburb Logo A type of troll vampire. The term refers to their diet of troll blood, which comes in many colours. Rainbow drinkers are stated by Kanaya to be clearly distinct from shadow droppersSburb Logo. Their skin glows white and they are apparently incredibly fast.
Recuperacoon Bed (sort of).
Respiteblock Bedroom.
Royal-V Politically correct Beforan term for violet bloods / sea trolls.
Ruffiannihilator Sburb Logo Alternian profession ideal for Equius. Noted to be strong.
Rumble spheres Breasts.
Rumpusblock Sburb Logo Rumpus room / rec room.
SchoolfedSburb Logo Schooled. As in soundly defeated.
SchoolhiveSburb Logo Schoolhouse.
ScuttlebuggySburb Logo Apparently means car (or a similar vehicle).
Seed flapSburb Logo Probably either refers to the lips / mouth and / or some troll sexual organ.
Shadow dropperSburb Logo A term for certain types of diurnal Alternian undead ("one who drops a shadow", i.e. someone who walks in the daylight, in contrast to the nocturnal trolls). There appears to be a wide variety of shadow droppers.
Shithive maggotsSburb Logo Bat-shit insane.
Shout pole Exclamation mark.
Shout Sphincter Sburb Logo Probably vocal cords or the troll equivalent.
SkyhorseSburb Logo Might refer to Alternia's flying seahorses. "High skyhorse" is used in the same context as humans use "high horse".
Slurry Troll genetic material deposited into filial pails and transported to the Mother Grub as part of the troll reproductive process.
SniffnodeSburb Logo The nose (may refer more specifically to some part of the nose's internal anatomy).
Snort BarrelsSburb Logo Possibly refers to nostrils.
Snuggleplane Blanket.
Solar sweep / sweep Alternian year. Equivalent to 2 Earth years and 2 Earth months (give or take a few days due to variable month length). Alternatively, 2.16 Earth years.
Spinal creviceSburb Logo Ass / ass crack.
Spine LumpSburb Logo Unknown, maybe forehead or scalp, maybe some sort of bug that's sometimes worn as a hat or helmet.
SpleenfowlSburb Logo Some form of bird. Described as "8rainless" and "squawking". Large enough to ride. Sometimes a lusus for tealbloods.
SpongeSburb Logo Brain / mind. May refer to any soft, spongy tissue (i.e., sponge clots).
Squawk blister Sburb Logo Voicebox.
Squawk gaper Sburb Logo Mouth.
Squeal pipetteSburb Logo Throat.
Stingbug's nest Hornet's nest.
Subjugglator Alternian cult/profession for Purplebloods. Also known as "Highbloods" when that is not used as a general term.
Surprise noodle Question mark.
Swaychair Sburb Logo "Rocker"
Talk blaster Mouth.
Troll Caegar A form of Alternaian coinage, possibly worth the same as an Earth dime, or at least used as a figure of speech in the same waySburb Logo ("dime a dozen"). Terezi owns a double-headed one she uses for "decisions." Specifically, a coin depicting Troll Julius Caesar ("Caegar" continuing the running gag of "Gog" and "Jegus"), the same way a human might refer to a silver dollar depicting Sacagawea as simply "a Sacagawea."
Thermal hull Sburb Logo Fridge.
Thinkpan Sburb Logo Brain / skull / head.
Thorax Sburb Logo "Asleep at the thorax" is used in the same context as "asleep at the wheel"; the idiom probably originates in the Alternian equivalent of horseback riding.
Threshecutioner Sburb Logo Alternian profession sought by Karkat. The most lethal members of troll society. Explored in Openbound.
Throb Stalk Sburb Logo Unknown (but could possibly be referring to genitals or a dildo?). Usage is as follows: CCG: IF YOU FEEL THE NEED TO SAY SOMETHING SMUG, DO ME A FAVOR AND SHOVE A THROB STALK IN IT.
Torso Pillar Sburb Logo Synonymous with spine.
Tuber paste Sburb Logo Mashed potatoes.
Trolling Sburb Logo Chatting / trolling.
Two wheel device Bicycle.
Vacillation No human equivalent. Flipping between the flushed and caliginous quadrants.
Wader Derogatory Beforan term for sea dwellers and their allies.
Wiggler Sburb Logo Baby troll. Also used by Aranea to refer to baby cherubs.Sburb Logo
Weakslime Sburb Logo Weaksauce.
Wheel device Sburb Logo General term for wheeled vehicles. Usually proceeded by number of wheels. EX: One Wheel Device = Unicycle.
Wobble rucksack Bra. (not quite canon, jokingly suggested by Andrew Hussie as a possible term but never used in canon)
Woolbeast Sburb Logo Sheep.
Woolbeast Material Sburb Logo Wool.
Wriggling day Sburb Logo Birthday.

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