What new word did you learn today?

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    Riparian

    /rəˈperēən,rīˈperēən/
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    adjective
    1. LAW
      relating to or situated on the banks of a river.
      "all the riparian states must sign an agreement"
      • ECOLOGY
        relating to wetlands adjacent to rivers and streams.
     
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    Shibboleth
    NOUN
    1. a custom, principle, or belief distinguishing a particular class or group of people, especially a long-standing one regarded as outmoded or no longer important.
    So like a cultural fingerprint.

    -SIN
     
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    Tsundere. Someone who seems to be hostile and cold but later shows his/her well hidden warm side to other.

    And I started immediately wonder what is the opposite. Someone who first seems like warm and later shows his/her well hidden cold and hostile side?
     
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    A perfect description of a former girlfriend, so let's use 'Maureen'.
     
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    Best examples of tsundere in anime: Rin Tohsaka, and Hitagi Senjougahara (although the last one is also quite yandere as well...).

    The opposite would be dere-tsun.

    Not a very common term. My understanding is that this jargon was supposed to be in-order of representation. So, "tsun" is the stand-offish and cold side, and the "dere" side is the warmer, loving side which is revealed *after*.

    So if we simply reverse the order of appearance, you get dere-tsun.

    I guess there could be some debate as to whether "yandere" is a true opposite of "tsundere". It's easily the closest, after dere-tsun. I find the personality categorization of characters in the world of anime storytelling to be quite interesting, seeing as we don't really have that in the West.

    Anyway, the thing about "yandere" is that it doesn't seem to account for what might initially be a completely fabricated "nice side". In other words, it assumes that the love or attraction or whatever exhibited by the character is still entirely legitimate, but has become twisted through something like obsession. It *doesn't* assume that the initial disposition was a facade.

    So if you're looking for a word that means "initially charming and loving and bubbly, and then after they have you hooked, they reveal their manipulative and abusive intent", the word I think you're looking for is "sociopath".

    These anime archetypes are useful for having an arsenal of tools to play around with. But at the end of the day, the best characters are the ones who are original, more realistic combinations of the archetypal traits. Like Senjougahara.
     
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    Cirque = the geologic feature in which Minas Tirith was built?

    EDIT: Nevermind, Minas Tirith was actually built on an outlying hill attached by a "shoulder" to the bigger mountain. The more you know.

    But yeah, a cirque is a circular feature on the side of a mountain formed by glacial activity.
     
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    Thank-you Friedrich. Geologic features that are a result of glaciation are some of my favorite.

    I never would've thought that a geology class could come in handy for something like worldbuilding. Now I want to write something with fjords and glacial valleys and cirques and arête(s).
     
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    Don't make me post photos for each of those :-D
    But yeah, I never realized just how much went into fantasy worldbuilding until I tried it myself. I'm constantly dogged by the question of whether what I'm creating is realistic or even possible.
    Geology is super cool, and I'm not even interested in science.
     
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    I learned so much geology and meteorology from reading the Mars trilogy it isn't even funny. Karsts, drumlins, katabatic winds, practically read it with a dictionary on hand.
     
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    This is actually a word I encountered over 30 years ago but haven't thought of until re-reading the book recently. Coined by the author.

    Quoting C.S. Friedman's Glossary for The Wilding, although the term first appears and is explained in In Conquest Born.
     
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    fornicative: a swear word relating to sex
    e.g.: That sucks!
    theo-imprecative: a swear word relating to God
    e.g.: Damn you!
    callipygous: having a nicely shaped ass
    (I'm still laughing about this one.)​
    benison: a blessing
    (I just like how this one sounds. It's so poetic.)​

    So -pygian means butt. . . Now I can use it for humor, but only in this thread.
    Silicone implants turned Kim Kardashian into a hyperpygian horror.
    (There's a subtle pun there. How I hate reality TV.)​
     
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    Had to look that one up while reading Catch 22. Love it.
     
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    That's where I got it too! Yossarian and company.
     
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    I learned a slightly different form (Callipygian) from Robert Crumb.
     
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    I so badly want to use these words in my story (TC). Alas, my MC is a moron and will never use these words, even though he has much need of them.
    Maybe I can squeeze them (pun intended) into TNT. :D
     
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    Religiosity...... Basically, intense belief.
     
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    I've seen this word a few times. The context it was used made it sound more like histrionic, theatrical, self-serving, condescending. A negative vibe, anyway.
     
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    Interesting. I think I've encountered it in sociology/political science circles as a term referring to the level of religious engagement in a society. Something along the lines of "The high number of churches per capita in Whateverland indicates a much higher level of religiosity than that of Whatnotland, which has only two houses of worship in its largest city."
     
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    I heard it in a youtube about the bubonic plague...
     
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    Did you go through his pockets and look for loose change?
    Is he mostly dead, or slightly alive? :D
     
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    Scheele's (or Schloss) Green

    Watching an anime called Beautiful Bones. I thought it was a bunch of bullshit but when I looked it up, my mind was blown, and my respect for this show went through the roof. I am curious to know how much of the other investigative facts are true.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Scheele's_Green

    Likewise with "Mees' lines"

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mees'_lines

    It's little details like "bright colors are good for babies" that I want to take advantage of in my fiction... I was the kid who would daydream during class in high-school, wondering about shit like "I wonder if my life would have been any different if I grew up in a household where all the walls weren't a harsh white."

    My favorite color scheme is black, red, and white. The historical connotations are rather unfortunate, because I find it lovely, and wear it a lot.
     
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    I just had to check my nails after reading this. I'm good.
     

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