Thread: Fantasy profanity


This question is answered. Helpful answers available: 2. Correct answers available: 1.


Permlink Replies: 12 - Last Post: Feb 9, 2017 7:48 AM Last Post By: A. R. Richardson Threads: [ Previous | Next ]
R. Kimball Thomas

Forum activity
Posts: 25
Fantasy profanity
Posted: Feb 2, 2017 4:34 PM
 
Report this post   Click to reply to this thread Reply
I need ideas for curses in a language. Two, actually. In my book, there are a race of dragons called the Vrakardians, who are sea voyagers. They have a few different languages, from their secret language to the language they speak (name undisclosed to outsiders) with everyone else (Dragonian) to their language devoted entirely to profanity (Shkatardik.) They have a few curses in their native Dragonian (such as barschut, pronounced BAR-schoot) but they have an entire lexicon of swear words in a separate language devoted to them. Here's how it works: If a human stubbed his toe on a chair, he would probably say, F---ing chair, but a Vrakardian would say, Stupid chair, with chair being substituted with its Shkatardik equivalent. You could turn anything into an insult or slur. The worst Vrakardians use Shkatardik and Dragonian curses so frequently it's often difficult to understand them, like how you might be confused if someone's vocabulary consisted almost entirely of slang words you'd never heard of. I need any words that come to mind that sound bad (but aren't, at least in real life.) Just fire 'em off.
A. R. Richardson

Forum activity
Posts: 108
Re: Fantasy profanity
Posted: Feb 3, 2017 12:53 PM   in response to: R. Kimball Thomas in response to: R. Kimball Thomas
 
Report this post   Click to reply to this thread Reply
grightone Klowsdarn - the g is silent?
Khoti Sarque

Forum activity
Posts: 90
Re: Fantasy profanity
Posted: Feb 3, 2017 1:15 PM   in response to: A. R. Richardson in response to: A. R. Richardson
 
Report this post   Click to reply to this thread Reply
While the 'P' is both silent and invisible?
A. R. Richardson

Forum activity
Posts: 108
Re: Fantasy profanity
Posted: Feb 3, 2017 1:43 PM   in response to: Khoti Sarque in response to: Khoti Sarque
 
Report this post   Click to reply to this thread Reply
weird. i can always see when i p.
Khoti Sarque

Forum activity
Posts: 90
Re: Fantasy profanity
Posted: Feb 3, 2017 6:43 PM   in response to: A. R. Richardson in response to: A. R. Richardson
 
Report this post   Click to reply to this thread Reply
CAPITAL!

Myself, I raise my head in exaltation, but I understand that others look down in humility. ;-)
A. R. Richardson

Forum activity
Posts: 108
Re: Fantasy profanity
Posted: Feb 7, 2017 3:18 AM   in response to: Khoti Sarque in response to: Khoti Sarque
 
Report this post   Click to reply to this thread Reply
I see where you're going with that one. Your prose is definitely free flowing.... Some type of stream-of-consciousness, perchance?
Khoti Sarque

Forum activity
Posts: 90
Re: Fantasy profanity
Posted: Feb 7, 2017 3:30 PM   in response to: A. R. Richardson in response to: A. R. Richardson
 
Report this post   Click to reply to this thread Reply
'Nuff said, it's all water under the bridge. ;-)
Chie Hatsume Pa...

Forum activity
Posts: 15
Re: Fantasy profanity
Posted: Feb 3, 2017 7:59 PM   in response to: R. Kimball Thomas in response to: R. Kimball Thomas
 
Report this post   Click to reply to this thread Reply
In real life, a "cockshaffer" is a type of beetle. I this hopes. Lol.
R. Kimball Thomas

Forum activity
Posts: 25
Re: Fantasy profanity
Posted: Feb 4, 2017 8:07 AM   in response to: R. Kimball Thomas in response to: R. Kimball Thomas
 
Report this post   Click to reply to this thread Reply
Alright, never mind, not what I'm looking for
Xanxa Raggatt

Forum activity
Posts: 1,424
Re: Fantasy profanity
Posted: Feb 4, 2017 9:35 AM   in response to: R. Kimball Thomas in response to: R. Kimball Thomas
 
Report this post   Click to reply to this thread Reply
I often invent my own profanities for my fantasy novels. I won't give you any that I've used in my novels but here are some examples to think about.

Graxdrottle - a general term for an idiot, like saying "f***ing retard" or something along those lines.

vraxilling - f***ing (adjective, can go with anything to make an insult)

skukduttle - a person without honour, a backstabber

raxwaarg - bullsh**

hadibaah - thief, scoundrel, trickster

Or you could go to this site, select "Insults" on the drop-down and click "generate". You'll have a whole page of made-up insults to choose from or adapt as you wish.

Fantasy Name Generator
A. R. Richardson

Forum activity
Posts: 108
Re: Fantasy profanity
Posted: Feb 7, 2017 3:20 AM   in response to: R. Kimball Thomas in response to: R. Kimball Thomas
 
Report this post   Click to reply to this thread Reply
One of the things that I do is to try to understand the... language that I'm trying to get names and words for. If it's guttural, that's going to change the words I use. If there are lots of long words, then I'll switch and use shorter curse words because it stands out so much.
Not sure if that helps.
R. Kimball Thomas

Forum activity
Posts: 25
Re: Fantasy profanity
Posted: Feb 8, 2017 2:49 PM   in response to: A. R. Richardson in response to: A. R. Richardson
 
Report this post   Click to reply to this thread Reply
Well, a word I've considered for Shkatardik is "pithchit", which means "BS." Shkatardik is derived from a lot of spitting and sucking and snarling, like the incoherent sounds you might make when you're angry, put into cohesive language that's simplified into more easily pronounceable words that don't sound so much like animal noises.
As to Dragonian curses, there's "barschut", where the r is rolled and the u is long, and the sch is as guttural as possible, really getting the "ch" out of what sounds more like a "sh" sound.
There's another word, "vratch", that I'm trying to decide which language to put it in. It means an evil or terrible person.
A. R. Richardson

Forum activity
Posts: 108
Re: Fantasy profanity
Posted: Feb 9, 2017 7:48 AM   in response to: R. Kimball Thomas in response to: R. Kimball Thomas
 
Report this post   Click to reply to this thread Reply
I forgot to add - there was an old episode of Writing Excuses where I think they said that profanity generally breaks down to a few sections -
1: Blasphemy - cursing out the gods "by Thor's left chestnut"
2: Obscenity/vulgarity - sex and body related cursing, offensive to modesty or decency "oh pooh"
3: Profanity - religious related cursing "oh my lord!"