Sline, a contraction of "baseline", refers to those who have not attended a concent; the uneducated.
Those without special education, skills, or aspirations to such. While sline describes a particular socio-economic class on Arbre, upward mobility is possible, as Erasmus's sib Cord is an artisan at the time of Apert.
- (1) In Fluccish of the late Praxic Age and early Reconstitution, a slang word formed by truncation of baseline, which is a Praxic commercial bulshytt term. It appears to be a noun that turned into an adjective meaning “common” or “widely shared.”
- (2) A noun denoting an extramuros person with no special education, skills, aspirations, or hope of acquiring same.
- (3) Derogatory term for a stupid or uncouth person, esp. one who takes pride in those very qualities.
Note: this sense is deprecated because it implies that a sline is a sline because of inherent personal shortcomings or perverse choices; sense (2) is preferred because it does not convey any such implication.