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Faster than what? - Words in the Heroes' Tongue
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Faster than what?
Having spent time today at the Pit of Voles, and at Twisting the Hellmouth (where the moderators are supposed to enforce correct spelling and grammar but don’t), can I just point out to the world in general the difference between ‘lightening’ and ‘lightning’?

If someone is described as moving at ‘lightening’ speed does this mean that they have been pumped full of helium or that they’re moving as fast as a hairdresser applying highlights?

When a group of ‘Forgotten Realms’ characters are travelling through the forest, and are attacked by a pack of Dire Wolves, is there really a lot of point in them defending themselves with a Wand of Lightening? Is the idea that it’s better to be attacked by a forty pound creature than a two hundred pound one? Or is the idea to confuse the beasts? ‘Hey, when I started this charge, my fur was black; now I’m grey. I must have been struck by an ageing ray and I should dodder off back to my cave and chew bones while I wait for my teeth to fall out.’ I don’t think so. Just spell the word right in the first place, okay, guys?

Oh, and certain characters did not travel by camel across the dessert. The camel's hooves are well adapted to crossing sand but not trifle, gateau, cheesecake and ice cream. It could get messy.

And monks do not practice marital arts. It rather defeats the point of being a monk.

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evilawyer From: evilawyer Date: October 2nd, 2008 11:16 pm (UTC) (Link)
If someone is described as moving at ‘lightening’ speed does this mean that they have been pumped full of helium or that they’re moving as fast as a hairdresser applying highlights?

Even sadder to think is that some people would think that the only logical answer would be hair highlights movement. "Heluim? Uhm, what's heluim?"

Also, I wish someone would post a definitive explanation of the differences between the words "lose" and "loose", particularly as used during fanfic sex scenes. I find it disconcerting when someone wants to "loose" him/herself in his/her partner during an act of physical intimacy. It sounds a bit painful, even more disorganized and far too messy to not be disturbing.
sammywol From: sammywol Date: October 3rd, 2008 07:52 am (UTC) (Link)
I find it disconcerting when someone wants to "loose" him/herself in his/her partner during an act of physical intimacy. ICK! just ICK!
evilawyer From: evilawyer Date: October 4th, 2008 01:39 am (UTC) (Link)
My sentiments exactly!
speakr2customrs From: speakr2customrs Date: October 3rd, 2008 09:07 am (UTC) (Link)
Also, I wish someone would post a definitive explanation of the differences between the words "lose" and "loose"

That's one of my bugbears too - especially when it crops up in the title of a fic. Pretty much a guarantee that I won't read the story even if it's Spike/Ilona Costa Bianchi.
evilawyer From: evilawyer Date: October 4th, 2008 01:42 am (UTC) (Link)
Pretty much a guarantee that I won't read the story even if it's Spike/Ilona Costa Bianchi.

Sadly, me, too. And it takes a lot to put me off Spike/Ilona Costa Bianchi.
ljs From: ljs Date: October 2nd, 2008 11:33 pm (UTC) (Link)
Hee. And YES. Thank you!
rahirah From: rahirah Date: October 3rd, 2008 02:02 am (UTC) (Link)
I dunno. If you were a monk devoted to the Goddess of Ass-Kicking and Fidelity, maybe...
artistshipper From: artistshipper Date: October 3rd, 2008 09:36 am (UTC) (Link)
Yeah, D&D monks have zero fluff requiring celibacy.

There is a "vow of celibacy" feat from a really bad splat-book that is the only one to be explicitly disowned by WOTC. (It's called The Book of Erotic Fantasy. DO NOT read it, if you value your IQ and sanity.)
speakr2customrs From: speakr2customrs Date: October 3rd, 2008 10:01 am (UTC) (Link)
Yeah, D&D monks have zero fluff requiring celibacy.

The marital arts still aren't exactly their raison d'etre, though, and the Shaolin monks, templates for the D&D monks, lived a fairly ascetic life.

I have the 'Book of Erotic Fantasy' on PDF; I've only glanced at it and have no real desire to do more than that.
alwaysjbj From: alwaysjbj Date: October 3rd, 2008 10:53 am (UTC) (Link)
LOL Guild Wars monks do a really cool kata as their dance...but that's probably more Tai Chi than, say, karate.
kantayra From: kantayra Date: October 3rd, 2008 02:44 am (UTC) (Link)
God, the lightning/lightening thing drives me crazy. I like to assume that whenever someone gets "struck by lightening" in a fic, that someone whacked them over the head with a tasteful floor lamp. It's the only way to keep my sanity.
sammywol From: sammywol Date: October 3rd, 2008 07:39 am (UTC) (Link)
Ha! Just have a wonderful image of a pack of Dire Wolves inflating and floating away with a puzzled 'yelp!' as the wand fills them with helium.

And yes, yes, yes on the damn homonyms. Outright mistakes are almost easier to cope with than these spellcheck-proof clangers. There was almost a fad in Buffy fic at one stage to have Spike described as a 'viscous killer'.

Some such mistakes though are a product of American spelling. I still have not got used to people being 'kicked to the curb' as that makes me think of matters equestrian rather than pedestrian.
cat63 From: cat63 Date: October 3rd, 2008 08:40 am (UTC) (Link)
Just have a wonderful image of a pack of Dire Wolves inflating and floating away with a puzzled 'yelp!' as the wand fills them with helium.

Oh splendid!

speakr2customrs From: speakr2customrs Date: October 3rd, 2008 09:04 am (UTC) (Link)
Just have a wonderful image of a pack of Dire Wolves inflating and floating away with a puzzled 'yelp!' as the wand fills them with helium.

And Richard Branson lassoing them and using them to fly across the Atlantic.
daibhid_c From: daibhid_c Date: October 3rd, 2008 12:07 pm (UTC) (Link)
There was almost a fad in Buffy fic at one stage to have Spike described as a 'viscous killer'.

Meaning he's quite thick 8-)?
sammywol From: sammywol Date: October 3rd, 2008 06:15 pm (UTC) (Link)
Slow and relentless, and gicky sweet like treacle :)
cat63 From: cat63 Date: October 3rd, 2008 08:39 am (UTC) (Link)
can I just point out to the world in general the difference between ‘lightening’ and ‘lightning’?

Of course you can. Alas, most of the people who really need to hear it won't be listening :-(

I had a rant anout this on fanficrants a while back too.

Discreet/discrete is my personal hobbyhorse in this area. Some people don't seem to realise that there's a difference at all. [is sad]

What's worse is that I'm seeing an increasing number of published novels that have clearly been spellchecked but not proofread. Empire of Ivory by Naomi Novik is a particularly egregious example - wonderful book, completely lacking in proofreading :-(
speakr2customrs From: speakr2customrs Date: October 3rd, 2008 09:02 am (UTC) (Link)
My personal hobby-horse (other than desert/dessert) is ‘hoard’ for ‘horde’ but I lampooned that one in April in the drabble The Last Hurrah of the Golden... Handshake?
zanthinegirl From: zanthinegirl Date: October 3rd, 2008 10:13 am (UTC) (Link)
Bwaa-haa-haa! I'll never complain about bear/bare again!
framefolly From: framefolly Date: October 3rd, 2008 05:01 pm (UTC) (Link)
Words that are not the same, from my most recent batch of student papers:

Desiccate, desecrate.
Spans, spas.
Dandelions, dandy lions.
Scapegoat, escape goat.
Peek, peak, pique.

If I didn't have to grade them, I would find the papers very entertaining.
From: (Anonymous) Date: October 5th, 2008 12:10 am (UTC) (Link)
What about authors who use 'then' instead of 'than'? How is it even possible to confuse the two words?

This tops my former pet peeves of 'unthawed', rather than 'thawed' (does unthawed mean re-frozen?) and 'irregardless' instead of 'regardless'.
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