See also The Cant
Shadowrun is a series of novels, RPGs and console games based in the unusual setting of a cyberpunk world in which magic has returned to the Earth. This setting spawned a large and loyal fan base who, with the developers at FASA, evolved a complex form of slang, unique to the setting. The following list of slang has done the rounds on the net, the author is unknown to me so I am unable to attribute it propperly, but hats off to him/her whoever s/he is.
A benefactor, especially an unknown one.
Reflex boosted female assassins in the employ of a major corp.
Gang member that uses cyberware, leathers, and violence as a
way of life.
A datajack or a chipjack.
Orc slang for a "normal" human.
In slang context, crime. Also "Biz."
Go away. Buzz off.
Enhanced by cyberware.
("choo") Slang for alcohol, as used in vehicle power plants.
Heavy Metal music.
Slang for metalheads, heavy metal fans.
Pal or Buddy.
A movie, usually in tri-d.
Any person who lives in an enclave.
Designer drugs for military use.
CORPorate Security Expert, a corporate assassin.
Knowledge or skill chip.
An Elf, very insulting. See also Keeb.
a corporate decker or a data processing employee.
Theft of data from a computer, usually by decking.
Transvestites, a type of posergang.
1. A cyberdeck. 2. To use a cyberdeck illegally.
A pirate cyberdeck user. Derived from 20th century "hacker."
A Simsense addict. Or anyone with a datajack/ chipjack.
Any member of a rival boostergang.
Designer drugs that increase healing rate and limit fatigue.
A contact who always seems to have useful info. Also a seller
of knowledge and skill chips.
A person who carries more weapons than could possibly be
Involuntary ejection from the matrix.
Corporate subsidized housing aka the projects.
Someone bound for the body banks. "It is his fate to be meat"
A talismonger, a dealer in magical items.
killed in the matrix by Black IC.
A synthetic plastic material impregnated with fiber optics and
temperature gauges designed to respond to skin temperature, a
21st century version of the mood ring, but is worn as clothing.
a common swear word, used in the same way as smeg or the other well known four letter F*** word.
Edges of society where nomads hang out, barrens.
Clothes made of flickercladding.
Rich people who only have time and money.
A bike gang or gang member.
A posergang whose motif is death and old b&w horror movies.
Claim jumpers among the homeless, squatters.
A small one or two man helicopter.
1. Having cyberware. 2. Unable to change, inflexible options.
A police crackdown.
A magic-using assassin.
1. Louse up, screw up. 2. to spray with an automatic weapon.
1. Hydrogen fuel. 2. anyone crazy enough to take it as a drug.
Security software. Intrusion Countermeasure Electronics.
Actively using a cyberdeck.
1. To fight or to run away "let's jam". 2. Jamming.
1. Sex. 2 Moshing heavily in a band. 3. Being involved in a
paramilitary operation involving a large amount of flying
bullets and shrapnel.
To walk in a casual or arrogant manner, to strut.
An Elf, very insulting. See also Dandelion Eater. After a
discontinued advertising campaign (Keebler).
Armor piercing ammunition.
Knowledge or information.
A Yakuza clan member.
Meat Bop Parts:
Vat grown replacement body parts.
A prostitute whose memory and/or senses are disabled
Someone who uses a brain implant as an electronic vault.
A rigger or a mechanic.
An anonymous corporate agent.
A non-magician, or non-magical.
Someone with enhanced strength.
Someone who spends more time in the matrix than in the real
A freelance assassin.
Cheap processed food product derived from soybeans, fortified
with most essential vitamins.
World standard of currency. Used for Japanese foreign markets.
Head of a Yakuza clan.
A combat hovercraft/ ground effect vehicle.
A datafile worth money on the Black Market.
A person with a great deal of cyberware.
A metroplex, a large city.
A policlub or a policlub member.
A cheap hold-out pistol.
Any gang whose members all adopt a specific look or style.
A person who uses various bladed implant weapons.
A surgeon specializing in implanting illegal cyberware.
A freelance musician.
A mercenary or muscle for hire. Implies an honour code.
A corporate employee.
A credstick or passkey that triggers alarms when used.
A member of a Seoulpa Ring.
A small criminal gang.
The quasi-criminal world of freelance shadowrunners.
An "honest" citizen.
1. Part of the underclass not having a SIN (c.f. System
Identification Number). 2. In the Shadows.
1. a mild curse. 2. To use a skillsoft.
Slot and Run:
1. Hurry Up, Get to the point. 2. Move and Run.
Coffee substitute made from soybeans.
Rigging or remote control of a vehicle.
State of the Art:
1. Hipper than Hip. 2. To be on the edge.
A Dwarf, highly insulting. also Squat.
1. A metroplex (c.f. plex). 2. To fraternize below one's social
System Identification Number (SIN):
ID number assigned to every member of society. (but c.f.
Name, handle or trademark. To grab or take something.
Equipped with a tracking device. Recognized.
Three-dimensional successor to video.
An Orc or a Troll, very insulting.
Hip term for cool fun or "in."
Someone who has extensive cyber/vat grown replacement parts.
A magician who works for a corp.
Cool or smooth.
1. Biological enhancement. 2. Any original body organ.
Weird or different. Usually referring to a good drug trip.
Equipped with cyberware, especially wired reflexes.
1. Wizard. 2. anything impressive. "Truly wiz, man."
1. A powerful mage.
Slang for a Dragon.
Any type of slang or gossip, the chant.
Yakuza. Either a clan member or a clan itself.