ffordesoon wrote:Drool wrote:"Milk drinker" was probably derived from the phrase "has milk in his veins" which means to be cowardly, weak, and easily (get ready for the pun) cowed. As far as invented insults go, you could do a lot worse.
Yeah, "milk drinker" was fine. The meaning was clear from the context, both words of the term are real, and it sounded like an insult from another time and place. Much like "smoothskin", it's the right kind of fantasy slang. The annoying made-up terms in SF and fantasy are the ones that sound like they were made up solely to sound cool. I can't think of any curse words that fit the bill at the moment, but the repeated use of "fal'Cie" and "l'Cie" in Final Fantasy XIII nearly gave me an aneurysm.
In fairness the words in most sci-fi are almost always minced oaths to get around censors. Take Farscape or Firefly for example. Firefly in particular had some particularly nasty cussing if you understood chinese.