As an egg-laying reptilian-humanoid race the lizardfolk language has several idioms that focus on their physicality, specifically their tails, eggs. While the lizardfolk have a matriarchal ruler, they use a male-centric language.
"Hiding with the hatchlings"
- When someone is hiding with the hatchlings, they are considered cowardly and avoiding responsibility.
"A little egg"
- This phrase describes someone who is acting immature, implying their brains haven't developed or hatched properly.
"My tail's listen"
- Talk to the tail, cause I'm done.
"Are you a lizard or a frog?"
- Frogs are notorious for drawing attention to themselves and looking out for themselves instead of the group. Lizardfolk consider the comparison to be distasteful and insulting.
"Your tail's crooked"
- Lizardfolk use their tails to help maintain balance and steer while in the water. Someone whose tail is crooked is making a mistake.
- While lizard-folk are warm-blooded, they are significantly more susceptible to climate changes. This reinforces the prized lizardfolk trait of situational awareness that someone who is hot-blooded does not use. A lizardfolk accused of being hot-blooded is impulsive.
"He needs to sharpen his spear"
- They are not the smartest or most useful person in the group.
"He has shells in his feet"
- Shell fragments in ones feet are quite painful. Someone described as having shells in their feet is someone who is angry.
"He's caught a cricket"
- A phrase to describe a lizardfolk whose voice is hoarse.
"Zirift hrada, zirift laham"
- This traditional lizardfolk saying roughly translates into common as May your bellies be full and your spear be sharp
"By Semuanya's scales"
- A phrase used to express a desired outcome.
"There's a strange taste on my tongue"
- Feeling uncertain, having a bad feeling about this.
"By the scales"
- One of the most versatile phrases used to express anything from surprise, disbelief, and excitement.
- A phrase muttered or shouted in moments of frustration. If someone is described as shattering, they are angry and should be avoided.
- A phrase of disappointment, referring to a shattered or smashed egg.
"Soft scales/dry skin/hot blood"
: A common lizarfolk term for humans and elves.
"With clear mud pits"
- When a lizardfolk describes something has happening with clear mud pits they are expressing doubt the event will ever happen.
"I can do that with my tail chopped"
- The task is considered easy and effortless.