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My kids, Honorverse,, and A Beautiful Friendship

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Worldbuilding re: My kids, Honorverse,, and ...
Post by Howard T. Map-addict   » Thu Apr 18, 2013 6:28 pm

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Best world-building I've ever seen:

Anne McCaffrey. Pern.

No one else, not even Bujold,
has shown the Setting so well!

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aka David Weber. I know no one better at it,
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Re: My kids, Honorverse,, and A Beautiful Friendship
Post by st barbara   » Sun Sep 29, 2013 1:06 am

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An interesting thing about "idiomatic English" is that it is possible to use "curses" that are mild seeming, but effective without really offering any offence. The English insult "As useless as a chocolate teapot" is one that comes to mind and, as an Australian I can tell you that our version of English has (or perhaps that should be HAD) a whole host of colourful expressions that weren't actually swearing. Given a little bit of research on slang it should be possible to come up with idioms that are unique to the Honorverse.
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Re: My kids, Honorverse,, and A Beautiful Friendship
Post by selden   » Sun Sep 29, 2013 1:31 pm

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My personal experience in the U.S. military (as a young enlisted man) was that the use of pejoratives was continuous but unimaginative, with the F word predominating. Except when someone of senior rank was present! Of course, most of the people I interacted with were in their late teens to early 20s, so this probably was to be expected.

I dunno what officers used among themselves. :)

I definitely agree that it seems reasonable to expect that some more culturally-appropriate language would have developed by the time of the Honorverse wars.
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Re: My kids, Honorverse,, and A Beautiful Friendship
Post by st barbara   » Sun Oct 06, 2013 4:38 am

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selden wrote:My personal experience in the U.S. military (as a young enlisted man) was that the use of pejoratives was continuous but unimaginative, with the F word predominating. Except when someone of senior rank was present! Of course, most of the people I interacted with were in their late teens to early 20s, so this probably was to be expected.

I dunno what officers used among themselves. :)

I definitely agree that it seems reasonable to expect that some more culturally-appropriate language would have developed by the time of the Honorverse wars.

Alas I think that most militaries are rather unimaginative when it comes to perjoratives. The only one I can remember from my short time in the Australian army that is fit to print is one of our instructors telling us to do something "with the speed of a thousand turtles"; just what that is supposed to mean I'm not sure.
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