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    Creap0

    [1]Sep 26, 2005
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    Is this an actual swear word (on earth!), or some kind of lame thing they use to replace the more commonly used f-word?
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    torath69

    [2]Sep 26, 2005
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    Replacement for the f-word. Farscape had "Frell".
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    danharr

    [3]Sep 26, 2005
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    Nothing lame about it a civilazation similar to ours came up with a curse word similar to ours.
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    Creap0

    [4]Sep 27, 2005
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    And ALL other words in their language are the same...
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    Im2Crazy4U

    [5]Sep 27, 2005
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    Creap0 wrote:
    Is this an actual swear word (on earth!), or some kind of lame thing they use to replace the more commonly used f-word?


    It was introduced in the originial series as a way for the actors to swear on TV while bypassing the censors. It's use is continued both on the show and on this forum as a way to continue to swear while by passing the censors.
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    psadle

    [6]Sep 27, 2005
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    psadle

    [7]Sep 27, 2005
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    What do u mean "made up"????? I use it all the time.
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    hennethannun

    [8]Sep 27, 2005
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    I think frak was introduced in the first galactica (in 197 series, simply as a way to swear without swearing.
    In that show, however, many english words were slightly altered to sound spacey or different or something (farscape did the same thing)
    For example

    year=yahren
    second=micron or microt or something
    dog=daggat
    etc.

    personally i always found that particular aspect of the original show to be annoying, so i am glad they decided to get rid of it.

    But frak they kept, since this show isn't on HBO
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    JalineTV

    [9]Oct 6, 2005
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    A new language would be understandable, because it's a different time and place. But people probably think it'll be too campy or it'll just be made fun of, such as Klingon for Star Trek or whatever. 'Frak' threw me off for a bit while watching the first few episodes, but I've gotten used to it. It's just like getting used to any other new word or term (ex. bling, SARS, etc.) that is introduced to us, except this one is used in almost every episode. It's a nice way to get by the censors and give us the satisfaction of having the characters swear once in a while (which is entirely realistic).
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    tvguy8472

    [10]Oct 22, 2005
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    I also was very confused at first as to this new word. Of course, it didn't take long for me to get a good idea of what it was intended to convey. It was awhile before i saw it used in all the connotations the "other" word is used in, but still it was not that hard to figure out. I not sure whether it's genius or lameness, but it does allow the show to "spice up" the language.
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    Midwestrocker

    [11]Oct 22, 2005
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    Ever since I became a fan of the show I've actually been using the work Frak in real life. It's fun, you should try it sometime. You can use it in public and no one will mind.
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    Im2Crazy4U

    [12]Oct 23, 2005
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    I use Frak myself, for the same reasons. However, since I only tend to swear when I'm pissed off, I still don't use it much.
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    alicehere

    [13]Nov 21, 2005
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    tvguy8472

    [14]Nov 21, 2005
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    alicehere wrote:

    I betit gets into the dictionary circa 2010.


    Only if the show becomes a monster hit and NBC moves it to broadcast primetime. I guess it could happen but don't count on it...
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    Knavehart

    [15]Nov 21, 2005
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    Frak - yeah it was used in the original series all the time, along with Felbucarp (sp?) in replacement of SH#T

    For folks who think its lame, what can I say, its the rules of television.

    I use the Farscape swears all the time Frell, Dren, Tralk
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    alicehere

    [16]Nov 22, 2005
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    hellkelpie

    [17]Dec 3, 2005
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    Let's not forget 'dradis' (sp?) for funky space radar thingy, and 'carom' for a way of indicating vector in 3D space.

    And the very cute use of 'wireless' for 'radio' - I really like this, it's just that little bit old-fashioned. The older types back home in Australia still use that word for radio.

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    123home123

    [18]Dec 3, 2005
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    DRADIS is an acronym for "Direction, RAnge and DIStance." It was found in an early script for the miniseries, but has never been explicitly spelled out in the series. Range and distance are the same thing, unless there is a different definition of range. Maybe they could define "range" as the absolute distance to the target, and "distance" as the real distance to the target, i.e., how far a Viper or Raider would actually have to fly to reach the target. This could be different from the absolute distance when there is a major obstacle in the way (asteroid, star, gravitational disturbance/black hole).

    Anyway, Ronald Moore has said that the technical info isn't as important on this show as it is on other sci-fi shows. He has purposely avoided techno-babble and focused on the plot, characters and ideas. Good approach if you ask me.
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    mermayd

    [19]Dec 27, 2005
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    I recently bought the 21 Jumpstreet DVD and nearly fell about laughing at the use of the phrase "gonna kick some tail!" I put frak in the same category.

    Is it not spelled Frack?

    My other favourite is in Everwood when Amy says "Dang it". What is wrong with tv producers? Do they think the kids won't hear the words elsewhere.....
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    123home123

    [20]Dec 27, 2005
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    mermayd wrote:
    I recently bought the 21 Jumpstreet DVD and nearly fell about laughing at the use of the phrase "gonna kick some tail!" I put frak in the same category.

    Is it not spelled Frack?

    My other favourite is in Everwood when Amy says "Dang it". What is wrong with tv producers? Do they think the kids won't hear the words elsewhere.....

    Apparently it was spelled "frack" in the original series, but it is now spelled "frak" in the new series. Why? I have no idea.

    The producers use it in the new series for a couple different reasons. An obvious reason is to use profanity while avoiding the bleep of the censors. Another reason is to tie the new series to the old series, if only in a very small and superficial way. Fortunately, Ronald Moore and David Eick have left "felgercarb" behind, along with the daggit.
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