Gattaca Glossary

Gattaca Glossary

Tamper

Meddle with; to alter something or damage it.

Titan

Saturn's largest moon

Valid

In the context of the film, a 'valid' is a genetically engineered individual

Invalid

An 'invalid' is an individual conceived naturally; not genetically engineered

Genuism

Discriminating against an individual based on their genes

Unscrupulous

Dishonest or unfair

Myopia

A condition of the eye, commonly called short-sightedness

Faith-birth

Another term for invalid. Also called a God-child.

Borrowed ladder

An invalid who adopts the identity of a valid, impersonating them through posession of their genetic material

De-gene-erate

A derogatory term for a borrowed ladder. It is also a play on the word 'degenerate', meaning an individual of exceedingly low status

Flat foot

A colloquial, derogatory term for a police officer.

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