Posted 04 November 2012 - 11:39 PM
I was just wondering whether we could compile a list of words that are "typical-GRRM". Some words are obviously only found in his books (like nuncle), but for others, I can't be sure any more. For example mayhaps? It's so obvious what it means, but now I am wondering: did GRRM invent it, or do we just happen to associate it with aSoIaF because we are so immersed in his books, but in fact it can be found elsewhere?
There 's a few words or expressions like that for me, that I can't remember seeing anywhere else:
- breaking one's fast
- moon blood
- host (to mean "army")
- leal (don't know what that means, mayhaps some sort of lord who is subject to another lord?)
- calling the banners
I love all these words by the way. I think it's cool that aSoIaF has its own style of speech. English is not my first language so I lack an extensive English culture.
Posted 04 November 2012 - 11:53 PM
Also, "breaking one`s fast" was the original term for breakfast.
The only one on that list that is unique to ASOIAF is direwolf and possibly moon blood.
Oh, and host doesn`t mean army. A host is a person who welcomes another into his or her home and provides them with food, drink, a bed etc.
Posted 05 November 2012 - 12:47 AM
Posted 05 November 2012 - 04:30 PM
It has different meanings, it can be used as army in: Stannis arrived with his host of a thousand men!
Posted 05 November 2012 - 09:46 PM
Yeah, I realised that later. It`s all cleared up now!
Posted 05 November 2012 - 09:52 PM
Posted 05 November 2012 - 10:05 PM
So they were. The direwolves described in ASOIAF though are somewhat different. Both are larger than normal wolves, however in Martin`s world they`re larger again. In real life, dire wolves had shorter legs than a regular wolf whereas the direwolves in Westeros are described has having long, thin legs and longer necks.
Posted 22 November 2012 - 05:08 PM
That one I've never seen before.
Posted 22 November 2012 - 07:52 PM
- mislike (wouldn't you normally say 'dislike' ?)
- the use of 'like' as 'likely', as in "he's not like to storm the castle"
Posted 23 November 2012 - 02:27 AM
Love those two words.
Posted 29 November 2012 - 07:18 PM
That one I've never seen before.
Moon Blood_- GRRM's way of saying it is a woman's "time of the month." The name comes from because girls' (menstrual) cycles follow the moon.
OP You are right that some of these words are GRRM-isms, but many of them are old English words out of fashion. I think he uses them to give the dialogue a realistic feeling of how people at that time spoke. He just throws a few in for flair. If you went back in time (or tried reading "The Canterbury tales" ) you would not be able to understand what people were saying. GRRM's language is still pretty modern. But Westeros is a different planet so he can do whatever he wants.
Posted 30 November 2012 - 04:34 AM
Turncloak sounds so much better to me.
Posted 01 December 2012 - 02:51 AM
Posted 01 December 2012 - 10:18 PM
Sometimes I say "on the morrow", "breaking my fast", "breeches", etc.
Sometimes I even say "Seven hells" or "Gods!", instead of "God!", "Gosh!", etc..
Posted 10 December 2012 - 11:18 AM
Posted 10 December 2012 - 12:01 PM
I *love* Old English.
But I think the words and phrases are also from the EME era (Early Modern English), the English Shakespeare wrote and spoke.