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Fantasy Language and Slang – Six Sentence Sunday

Fantasy Language
Here is the final installment in the slang example I’ve posted for the last two weeks. If you haven’t already seen them, you might like to read Part 1 and Part 2 first.

The girl ground the ball of her foot against the dirt street in a squelching motion. ‘Get it?’
Yeah, he got it now. The foot movement spoke volumes her words didn’t. Not just dead, but dead in a spectacular fashion. What he would have called a messy example.
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There is no Six Sentence Sunday next week owing to Christmas Day. There is one on New Year’s Day, but at this stage I am not planning to participate as I expect a fair number of you will be sleeping or recovering (or doing both together). Feel free to give me a shoutout if you object to this arrangement.

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Invented Slang – Six Sentence Sunday

Invented Slang
Here is the continuation from last week’s excerpt, demonstrating the use of invented slang. You can read the first part here.
The girl’s mouth dropped open. ‘Ya know, smeared.’ When his blank look persisted, she rolled her eyes. ‘Smeared, wiped, ghasted…’
He shook his head, not getting it.
Killed.
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Author’s Note: ‘Ghasted’ is not a typographical error. However, as we use ‘ghosted’ to mean killed, I reasoned it was entirely possible a fantasy culture, in which undead ghasts exist, would use ‘ghasted’ in the same fashion we use ‘ghosted’. 

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Fantasy Slang – Six Sentence Sunday

This is a little something I wrote for a workshop on world-building. It doesn’t come from a story or a book, but I find the snippet intriguing enough to that I probably will write a story around it. It’s eighteen sentences, so I think I’ll post the whole of it over the next few Sundays.

You can also take this an example of the importance, in world-building, of the use of some well-developed slang that fits your world. I was told this was a good example of how to introduce slang.
The girl, maybe twelve, if that, waved a hand at Berhk’s clothing. ‘You’ll get smeared walking ‘round here like that.’
 ‘Smeared?’ Berhk looked down at his clothes, plain and unornamented, a little ragged around the edges, mended in places. They were none-too-clean, though not so dirty he couldn’t stand it, but nothing like the silks he was accustomed to. Why should he care if they got a little dirtier than they already were?
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