Here are some terms used on the show, and by x-philes...
- Virgil Incanto's Internet nickname.
- Assistant Director.
- Air Force Base.
- ancestors of the Navajo.
- "writings or statements of dubious authenticity."
- Aesthetic Surgery Unit [Sanguinarium].
- "1: the incarnation of a Hindu deity (as Vishnu)
2 a: an incarnation in human form b: an embodiment (as of a concept or philosophy) often in a person
3: a variant phase or version of a continuing basic entity."
- AXIS POWER
- Scientists, given amnesty after WWII, who conducted experiments on the "merchandise" [Anasazi].
- Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms.
- BEYOND THE SEA
- song by Bobby Darin. Plays at Scully's parents' wedding and William Scully's funeral.
- "1: the development of life from preexisting life.
2: a supposed tendency for stages in the evolutionary history of a race to briefly recur during the development and differentiation of an individual of that race."
- BLACK CANCER
- See Black Oil.
- BLACK OIL
- Liquid alien organism that looks like oil, and gains complete control over its host by getting
literally under their skin (Piper Maru/Apocrypha,
The X-Files [movie]).
- BLESSING WAY
- ritual performed by Albert Hosteen to heal Mulder.
- Biological Response Modifier[s].
- Centers for Disease Control. [Official name: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.]
- Central Intelligence Agency.
- Cult of Gizzie.
- See Syndicate.
- "feeding on dung."
- Cardiopulmunary Resuscitation.
- Cigarette Smoking Man (Cancer Man).
- David Duchovny Estrogen Brigade.
- DIE HAND DIE VERLETZT
- the hand that wounds.
- Department of Defense.
- DOD KALM
- dead calm (Norwegian).
- Darren Peter Oswald.
- aka Area 51, etc. "Secret" military base in Nevada which supposedly housed and tested alien spaceships.
- Extraterrestrial Biological Entity.
- Emergency Medical Services.
- Emergency Medical Technician.
- "1: a poem in elegiac couplets
2 a: a song or poem expressing sorrow or lamentation especially for one who is dead b: something (as a speech) resembling such a song or poem
3 a: a pensive or reflective poem that is usually nostalgic or melancholy b: a short pensive musical composition."
- ERLENMEYER FLASK
- "a flat-bottomed conical laboratory flask."
- EXCELSIS DEI
- Glory of God.
- F. EMASCULATA
- F. [Faciphaga] Emasculata is the disease-carrying bug mentioned in that episode.
- Federal Bureau of Investigation.
- Federal Emergency Management Agency.
The bad guys in The X-Files [movie].
- FBI's Most Unwanted (hummm... who could that be?).
- FOLIE A DEUX
- Madness shared by two.
- Gillian Anderson Born Again Lesbians.
- The Gillian Anderson NeuroTransmitter Association
- Gillian Anderson Testosterone Brigade.
- "1: the garden outside Jerusalem mentioned in Mk 14 as the scene of the agony and arrest of Jesus.
2: a place or occasion of great mental or spiritual suffering"
- Master race.
- Hormone Replacement Therapy.
- Intellectually Drop Dead Gorgeous (one way to describe Scully).
- Immigration and Naturalization Service.
- "a Jewish prayer recited in the daily ritual of the synagogue and by mourners at public services after the death of a close relative."
- Potassium Cyanide [The Field Where I Died]
- Fox hunt.
- The Lone GunMan.
- MEMENTO MORI
- Reminder of death.
- Test subjects whose bodies Mulder finds in a boxcar buried in the desert (Anasazi).
- Man in Black. Plural: MIBs.
- Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
- Monster Of The Week.
- Military Police.
- Mitch Pileggi Estrogen Brigade. Contact: PLMACKEY@delphi.com
- Mitch Pileggi Pheromone Brigade. Contact: email@example.com
- Magnetic Resonance Imaging.
- Metropolitan Transportation Authority.
- Mutual UFO Network. See Betsy Hagopian, Penny Northern.
- Refers to the alien/cloning/government conspiracy episodes.
- National Aeronautics and Space Administration.
- N C C S.
National Coalition for Cancer Survivorship
NASA Center for Computational Sciences
- National Crime Information Center.
- National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. [Sein Und Zeit]
- National Investigative Committee of Aerial Phenomena.
- Second generation Japanese-American.
- Nuclear Regulatory Commission.
- National Security Agency.
- National Transportation Safety Board.
- Order of the Blessed Saint Scully the Enigmatic.
- See BLACK OIL.
- Office of Professional Review.
- "to push" [Japanese; Pusher].
- "1. a dungeon with an opening only at the top
2. to forget"
- Polymerase Chain Reaction [DNA fragments synthesis].
- Positron Emission Tomography.
- PIPER MARU
- French salvage ship [Piper Maru, Apocrypha].
- 1. Plasma Fusion Center [MIT].
2. Primary Flight Control.
- Prisoner Of War.
- PURITY CONTROL
- Name of the cloning/alien hybridazation project in The Erlenmeyer Flask. "Purity" refers to the Black Oil.
- "1: soft miry land that shakes or yields under the foot
2: a difficult, precarious, or entrapping position: PREDICAMENT"
- Location in Rhode Island where the Mulders had a summer house.
- brought back.
- Smallpox Eradication Program.
- SKYLAND MOUNTAIN
- Place where Scully is "abducted" in Duane Barry.
Seen again in Patient X and The Red and the Black.
One of the lighthouses where the alien colonization is supposed to begin.
- Term coined by lauracap, afaik. "It goes to the question of whether your father the man who raised you or
the guy who dipped his pen in your mother ink. As for me, I say
Mulder's father is Bill Mulder no matter who the sperminator was."
- Special Resolution, as in S.R. 819.
- Special Representative of the Secretary General [United Nations].
- See Consortium.
- Small Yappy Dog.
- Smart Young X-Philes.
- "the nearly straight-line configuration of three celestial bodies (as the sun, moon, and earth during a solar or lunar eclipse) in a gravitational system."
- TALITHA CUMI
- "This is Aramaic for 'Little girl, arise!'" --Wendy Williams <firstname.lastname@example.org>.
- Ghostly spirits in Africa (kinda redundant).
- TEMPUS FUGIT
- Time flies.
- Unidentified Flying Object.
- "not requited: not reciprocated or returned in kind <unrequited love>."
- trouble, strife; unrest.
- United States Department of Agriculture.
- United States Geological Survey.
- Unresolved Sexual Tension.
- Wild Again Organization [Fearful Symmetry].
- Well Manicured Man.
- Yet Another X-FILES Acronym.
- The most important letter in the alphabet.
- You Know You're An X-Phile When...
- ZERO SUM
- "of, relating to, or being a situation (as a game or relationship) in which a gain for one side entails a corresponding loss for the other side"
- ZEUS FABER
- WWII submarine [Piper Maru, Apocrypha].
Definitions in quotes are taken from Merriam-Webster, unless otherwise noted.
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