[SCA-AE] What to call things and why
nostrand at acm.org
Fri Dec 28 22:27:16 EST 2007
Greetings from Solveig! I also dislike the phrase "push" in
connection with using medieval terminology. However,
we should distinguish between using terms officially
and using terms unofficially. If you put something in a
kingdom newsletter or you put up a sign at an event,
then you are doing something officially. When we do
things officially at events we should be trying to promote
the goals we claim to be holding events to fulfill. That is,
we should attempt to recreate aspects of premodern
life and culture.
Terms like "troll" and "dragon" stake out an in-group
which is sociologically useful, but its pretty hard to
imagine how they are at this point in any way an
attempt at recreating the premodern. Back when, we
were groping for terms to use. We can do better now,
so we should do better.
So, if you want to call the gatekeeper a "troll", I will
not come running with a "slap stick" to whack you.
However, if you are doing something official in the
name of the Society, then I truly hope that you will
attempt to recreate things premodern and not use
terms like "troll" and "feastocrat".
Finally, I do agree that in-group code-words are fun.
Your Humble Servant
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