Mmm, words. Jargon. Nomenclature. Lessee here...
Bugs: n. 1) Insecta; Klackons, Tachidi. 2) Flaws in the game code or design.
Lizards: n. Saurians; Sakkra, Grendarl, Raas.
Gasbags. n. Ethereans; Eoladi, Imsaeis.
Fish: n. Ichthytosians; Trilarians, Nommo.
Rocks: n. Geodics; Silicoids.
Bots: n. Cybernetiks; Meklars, Cynoids.
Apes: n. Humanoids; Humans, Evon, Psilons.
?????: n. Harvesters; Ithkul. (Hey, we gotta have a racial slur for everybody! Can't leave out the poor, poor Ithkul. They just need a hug, don't you know. I once saw a book cover in the background of a video conference: "How to Serve Man". See? They only want to serve us, that's all).
X-man: n. The hated empire leading in the pursuit of Antarran X's. "Oh good grief. I opened the diplo screen and there it was, the smirking face of X-man staring back at me."
Farmer's Gambit: n. The no-navy rapid-expansion early game strategy.
"What are you smoking?": idiom. Polite, humorous way to criticize someone else's move as a blunder.
Choosing Unwisely: idiom. Describing a rival who provokes a blood feud. "Now it's personal."
Deity RoP: idiom. Ignoring major provocations for lack of strength to confront the offending rival.
Mephisto: n. An opponent who turns out to be all bark and no bite.
Twinking: v. Customizing race picks to maximum advantage.
Offroad: adj. Instellar travel outside of starlanes. Note, very slow going.
Ass End of Nowhere: idiom. Starting out on an arm in a spiral galaxy.
Irrigating the Desert: idiom. Ineffective move arising from misunderstanding of game mechanics.
What Happened to the Zulus?: idiom. Crushing military victory wiping out or crippling an entire rival, executed over a short span of turns in the late game.
High Water Mode: idiom. Unwavering determination to accomplish a specific goal, regardless of the costs.
From My Cold, Dead Hands: idiom. Playing out a seemingly losing situation to the bitter end.
Eat at Joe's: idiom. Making pronouncements or declarations that turn out to be completely wrong; misread an opponent so badly, your interpretation of their moves is completely off the mark.
Awax (pronounced AY-wax): Acronym, derived from AWACS, Airborne Warning And Control System, an advanced radar and command plane in the US Air Force. Idiom, N: 1) Any forces or resources dedicated to providing advance warning of enemy movements or intentions, especially if your scouting force is exposed or expendable. "I sent out some awax." 2) Sacrificial lambs used as decoys or diversion. "I sent out some awax." 3) Any move that defies conventional wisdom or ventures into uncharted strategic territory. "I sent out some awax." 4) Unconventional use of expendable forces, usually leading to surprisingly effective results, inspiring disbelief in observers. "I sent out some awax." 5) Any move so patently absurd and hopeless that it functions as comic relief. "Get that awax out of here!" Note, especially delicious if the absurd move actually succeeds! "Haha! I can't believe I pulled off that awax." Idiom, ADJ: 1) Of or pertaining to awax. "Zed just founded another awax outpost." 2) Untested, with no logical basis or reasoning behind it. (You gotta try SOMEthing, right? Right!) "Hey, look at this awax design I came up with." "Oh yeah? A dreadnought with all point defense weapons?? What good is that supposed to do?" "I dunno. Let's build some and find out!"