I found a series of blog posts about the language of Barsoom here. It’s obviously quite speculative, because Edgar Rice Burroughs never tried to invent a consistent language. There is, apparently, only one complete sentence of Barsoomian in the series, and it’s one word long (‘Sak!’, meaning ‘Jump!’). But it’s interesting anyway.
For the John Carter movie, Disney hired linguist Paul Frommer to invent a more detailed Barsoomian language. He did the same for the Na’vi in Avatar. However the details of this version of Barsoomian aren’t available anywhere: it’s just something they used for the film. There’s an interview with him about it here.
Finally, there are some more speculations here, based on the premise that the language in Lin Carter’s Martian novels is the same as Barsoomian.
The Force has been renamed ‘The Power of Believing in Yourself’.
A lot of superhero role-playing products call superheroes ‘supers’.
This seems to be because DC and Marvel jointly claim a trademark on the phrase ‘Super Hero’.
That claim seems to this non-lawyer to be pretty far-fetched (a bit like McDonalds and Burger King claiming to own the word ‘burgers’). But that’s not the point. The point is this:
No one calls them ‘supers’.
No one. Not ever. Not even the role-playing designers who use the term in their products. The term doesn’t even appear in the Wikipedia article on superheroes.
EDIT: I was wrong. Apparently The Incredibles did. Still, that movie doesn’t seem to have brought the term ‘supers’ into common use outside of RPGs. It seems more likely to me that RPG creators’ main motivation in using ‘supers’ is fear of being sued, rather than wanting to use the term that The Incredibles used or that they usually say ‘supers’ rather than ‘super heroes’.
It makes me think of spam that I used to get trying to sell me ‘meds’.
Game designers, if you’re terrified of Marvel and DC, make up something like ‘science hero‘, which has its own retro charm.
PS Superheroes superheroes superheroes superheroes.
This cute banth is from an episode of Disneyland which aired in 1957. It was mainly about current scientific ideas about Mars, but it briefly touched on science fiction including the Barsoom series. More information here.