Miners' Cant

Written by Barron


Miners' Cant is the argot of the miners of Perduro. Miners' Cant is often coarsely worded and coarsely spoken. It's blunt, it's straightforward, and it's overall not employed in polite company. The short slang found its home in the depths of the mountain, where miners often spend weeks at a time underground with their team. This lifestyle provided the foundation for a strange new plethora of terms based on their experiences.   Though it was born in the Mines, the large population of Miners and the global proliferation of mining culture ensured that this language of crude jargon entered the dialect of all Perdurians to some extent. It only became more prolific when the tourism industry exploded. Locals wished for a way to pick on newcomers behind their backs, and this crude dialect became the means to do it.  


Calling someone Barnaby is to imply that they're utterly useless and disliked.
Annoying coworker who lets others do the heavy work.
A floozy, a promiscuous person, esp. a female
He's quite good at counting
...and not at much else.

This insult refers to the fact that inventory counter is the lowest job in the mines, usually given to someone who can't be trusted with any other task.
You're just the silver in the plat mine.
This insult refers to the mining conditions where silver is almost considered the fools gold of the mine. It appears similar to other more valuable platinum group minerals but is worth nearly a quarter as much.
A big drill with a little bit
Referring to a hotheaded miner by implying he has a small phallus.
His hose lost its pressure
This particular turn of phrase is used to suggest that its target is impotent.
They put out as much as a fresh shaft blast
Referring to the target as overly promiscuous
The person who has to do a difficult task. A reference to the Canary Worm
"Oh, you gotta tell the foreman why the drill broke? Poor Worm."  
Fired or unemployed. Perduran culture puts great value in having a job, and those without one are seen as a detriment to society.
Lil' Arty
Nickname for a coworker who consumes a lot of alcohol. Based on Artosen Khandea II (Digger)'s affinity for Alcohol
Digging Graves
Any work that is seen as dangerous as risky to one's life, career, or sanity. Originally referred to digging dangerous mineshafts that might collapse and kill the miners. Literally digging their own grave.


An endearing term that the miners have given themselves. The term is derived from the gunk-like substance miners have to wade through when seperating ore from the walls of the mine.
Referring to the 'lookout' of a group of miners, who watch for foremen approaching to warn the others.
Thank the Wheel we got Steve working Canary, getting a smoke out in the mine is a ballache.  
Platinum or Plat
An Adjective for something good.
That was a plat of a meal!  
An endearing term for an attractive person.
Did you see that woman? Nugget, right there.  
Nickname for the Black-painted Automatic Carrier Units used to haul ore from the mines. Also used to compliment someone who assisted with a hard task.
Thanks for gettin' that drill up again, real CoalMole move.  
Big Arty
Nickname for a coworker who is proficent at partying. Based on Artosen Khandea II (Digger)'s affinity for having a good time.
Chief Nugget
An endearing term for a well-liked foreman.
You get to work for Sharja? Guy's a real Chief Nugget. Grats.  
Never let your pick break.
A term used to motivate miners feeling down.
I owe you a rope
A term used to express owing someone a favor. Early days of mining used rope as a way to explore different natural tunnels
A very gracious and giving person, named after miners who established illegal stills in the mines for the workers
Short slang for meta-assisted drilling tools, known as Digger's Shovels
I'm tired of pickin' away at this rock. Get an ol' Get-er-gone out here.

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7 Jul, 2018 03:17

Man, this article's plat. I know you felt like the worm when I suggested you take this but you're a proper stiller for having written it.

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7 Jul, 2018 05:49

Thanks Chief Nugget. You really pulled off a CoalMole and kept my pick from breaking. And for all that I owe you a rope. (New one I must add now)

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8 Jul, 2018 19:37

That's funny and very inspiring at a very difficult prompt at the same time. Hats of to an excellent article!

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8 Jul, 2018 19:51

Thanks Q! It was a darned hard one. Glad it could get some laughs out of you.

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8 Jul, 2018 20:29

Well, you're no Barnaby, that's for sure. I feel like this is going to a toughest prompt for most people and you've a cracking job, once again.

8 Jul, 2018 23:25

You aren't a Barnaby either. That's a Platinum compliment right there.

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8 Jul, 2018 21:26

This was really fun to read! All of the terms you came up with were creative but still seemed realistic, which can be really hard to do (that's why I'm avoiding this prompt for now lol). The example sentences are a nice touch!

8 Jul, 2018 23:25

I'm glad you liked it. A real Stiller move.

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8 Jul, 2018 22:04

I love it. The slang is funny yet feels real, I could totally see people using this slang seriously. You're one good Gunkoon. Wait, is it cool for me to say that?

8 Jul, 2018 23:24

Thanks Sevens, you're a real nugget.

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10 Jul, 2018 16:59

I always love such "slang" articles. Yours is well arranged and I especially like "Chief nugget" :D   While you have compliments and insults and it is clearly intended as such in the entry paragraph, I'd like to see some neutral terms.   like, for example how they'd call a long labyrinth-like mine. Or maybe if they have some special terms for tools and such.   Overall it looks pretty nice! :)

15 Jul, 2018 17:33

Thank you Kyo! That's a great idea, I'm hoping to find the time to expand this a bit more amongst the rest of summer camp!

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14 Jul, 2018 10:21

Plat af yo

15 Jul, 2018 17:32

Thanks Chief Nugget! Real Stiller compliemtn

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