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Kelancey the Green
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« on: 12 January 2008, 23:18:56 »

  Good day to you!  As the healing entries have started to take off, and particularly with the development of a system of magic enhancing the bodily functions, the need has arisen to put names to the parts of the body we're meddling with.  So, please help out!  Suggest some names for parts of the body (remember, PG-13 standards, people), and after we have a good bunch of them, we'll collate them into an entry proposal for future use.

EDIT: The following list is a more-or-less inclusive gathering of the anatomical terms we have thus far, as of 14th Turning Star, 1668 a.S. (January 14, 2008).  This list contains language not suitable for readers younger than 13 years.  Reader discretion is advised.  If you intend to be offended by this content, please go no further!
Edits in yellow are from August 16, 2012.

HEAD & NECK
Hair
Skull
Brain
Eyes
Eyebrows
Eyelashes
Apple(-s) of the eye, eye wells, portals (for pupils)
Eye banners (for irises)
Eyeyolk (for retina or retinas)
Eyetreddle (for optic nerve)
Eye crystal (for lens)
Nose
Nostrils
Gebl eminence, abbr. Gebl (for bridge of nose)
Nasal stanchion (for nasal septum)
Nasal chambers (for paranasal sinuses)
Nasal flaps (for nasal turbinates)
Ear
Earlobe
Ear fanion (upper, cartilaginous part of outer ear)
Ear passage (for auditory canal)
Eardrum, or Gnomic 'Tuntuk'
Mouth
Jawbone
Lips
Tongue
Teeth
  Gnashers (for incisors)
  Gashers (for canines)
  Mashers (for premolars)
  Grinders (for molars)
Throat or neck
Windpipe
Great veins (for jugular veins)

BACK
Spinal marrow (for spinal cord)
Spinal column, consists of spinal bones
  Segments: Neck, back, girdle
Spinal pads (for intervertebral discs)
Flanks

TRUNK--q.v. Bard Judith's 'Vytruvyan Elf' for muscles
Mumbles (general term for internal organs)
Chest
Breasts
Ribs, or ribcage
Breastbone
Heart
Lungs
Airways
Stomach
Liver and lights
Intestines, innards, or guts (colloquial)
Peduncle (for intestinal appendix)
Bowels
Bladder (for urinary bladder)
Bilewell (for gall bladder)
Bedrock, or wellspring of choler (for spleen)
Kidneys, or Gnomic 'Hygronki' (lit. " water+dirt")
Suet (for adipose tisse)

ARMS--q.v. Bard Judith's 'Vytruvyan Elf' for muscles, and 'Names of the Digits' for fingers
Shoulders
Arms
Hands
Fingers
Blade or Chuck (for shoulderblade/scapula)
Cudgel bone (for humerus)
Fore bone (for radius)
Styloid bone (for ulna)
8 Fetlock bones (for carpal bones of the wrist)
First through fifth Gemelus bones (for metacarpal bones of the hand)

Neckthong veins (for subclavian arteries)
Trigus veins (for brachial veins & arteries)
Foretwist veins (for radial & ulnar arteries)
Bullshead nerve net (for brachial plexus)
Trystus nerve (for median nerve)
Foretwist nerve (for radial nerve)
Neathtwist nerve (for ulnar nerve)

LEGS--q.v. Bard Judith's 'Vytruvyan Elf' for muscles
Hips
Buttocks or rump
Rearguard, or Gnomic 'Vinduin' (lit. "window") (for anus)
Legs
Hamstring (-s)
Foot/feet
Toes
Kneecap
Shank (for femur)
Shin (for the tibia/thick bone of the calf)
Leggin (for the fibula/thin bone of the calf)
Mallet bone (for talus)
Anvil bone (for calcaneus)
5 fetlock bones (for tarsal bones)
5 gemelus bones (for metatarsal bones)
5 dedons (for toes)

Belt veins (for iliac arteries)
Loin veins (for femoral arteries & veins)
Greeve veins (for saphenous arteries & veins)
Girdle nerve net (for lumbosacral plexus)
Forethigh nerve (for femoral nerve)
Flank nerve (for sciatic nerve)
Ladle nerve (for tibial nerve)
Tang nerve (for peroneal nerve)

LOINS
Girdle (for pelvis/pelvic bone)

  :Female loins:
Escutcheon (for pubis)
Petals or kilfi--derived from Gnomic name for same 'Virkilf' (for labia)
Honourseal, or Gnomic 'Kopkin' (for clitoris)
Urine channel (for urethra)
Birth canal, or Gnomic 'Myrnin' (for vagina)
Womb or eyrenvase (for uterus)
Lilylines or courseveins (for ovaries & Fallopian tubes)

  :Male loins:
Staff, or Gnomic 'Svranf' (for penis)
Urine channel (for urethra)
Seedsacs or fatherglands (for testicles)
Seedfields (for vas deferens & seminal vesicals)
Ethernut (for prostate gland)
Pouch or purfa--derived from Gnomic name for same 'Purtverfka' (for scrotum)
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« Reply #1 on: 13 January 2008, 00:18:30 »

Judy named the fingers somewhere, you could find the names or ask Judith were are they located.
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« Reply #2 on: 13 January 2008, 01:17:26 »

AND the major muscles are named, if you look for the elf picture ('Vitruvian Elf').  I hope it IS posted, as I'm not (sniff, pout) at my home computer...

EDIT:  Here's the link to the picture; I've bumped the explanatory 'entry' as well.

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« Reply #3 on: 13 January 2008, 01:30:58 »

Oh, and the mermaid dissection diagram, which might be completely out-of-date:  it, and the paragraph which explains it on the site were written before the current consistency of appropriate 'period' language, so I will doubtless redo it at some time, BUT... it may also prove inspirational.  Use whatever we all agree is appropriate and we'll chuck the rest!

At the time I was exploring using Styrash for our 'latinate' nomenclature, but we need to switch that to Gnomic.   Anyhow, see what you think.


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« Reply #4 on: 13 January 2008, 02:11:25 »

For some reason I can't see the picture in the last post, I'm getting the little white box with a red cross.  Not sure if this is just me, but I don't usually have problems with  my home computer.
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« Reply #5 on: 13 January 2008, 02:18:20 »

Me niether. If you really want to see it you can go to the merfolk overview entry, it's the first picture to your right. grin
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« Reply #6 on: 13 January 2008, 02:23:04 »

  I love this diagram!  Would there be any way to shrink it just a little, so it fits more neatly into the standard column width?

  A separate issue, perhaps, but dolphins have *no* connection between their blowhole (on top of their head) and their digestive tract.  Would merfolk be similar, in that the nose does not lead (eventually) to the gut?  That's probably unrelated; just curiosity getting the best of me.

  Okay, here's a more serious question: How in-depth should we go with reproductive anatomy?  For example, 'womb' seems safe and acceptable.  'Cloaca' sounds kind of modern-ish, so I'd like to study what a Gnomic equivalent might be.  As for some of the other parts, would it be childish or vulgar to name them after animals?  I don't know what's the best way to deal with that sticky wick.

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« Reply #7 on: 13 January 2008, 02:48:31 »

  Regarding the teeth, I'd like to offer for people's opinions these group names:
  • Gnashers, for the front teeth/incisors
  • Gashers, for the sharp teeth/canines
  • Mashers, for the premolars
  • Grinders, for the back teeth/molars

  And here's an offering for people's reactions--on names of bones:
  • Shank, for the hip bone/femur
  • Chuck or Blade, for the shoulderblade/scapula
  • Shin, for the tibia/thick bone of the calf
  • Leggin, for the fibula/thin bone of the calf
  • Girdle, for the pelvis (I'm imagining we'd describe the entire pelvis as all being one bone)
  • Breastbone, for the sternum
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« Reply #8 on: 13 January 2008, 02:51:47 »

uhm.. we're missing a little part of the body here.. I can't imagine there are no words for the genitallia.. (although we might want to reconsider printing the sailor's versions ;))
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« Reply #9 on: 13 January 2008, 03:00:18 »

Check out the dwarven dictionary.... ;)   

Oh, wait!  We want the THARIAN words, not the Thergerim... (giggles naughtily)

But we do have to keep it scientific, not crass...  so perhaps words for the male and female parts could be discussed privately in the Moot?  (blinks sweetly)
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« Reply #10 on: 13 January 2008, 03:20:42 »

  Judy, forgive my ignorance; where's the Moot?

  And, is Dwarven or Gnomish the scientific language of Santharia?
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« Reply #11 on: 13 January 2008, 03:41:20 »

I believe the moot is where members and up can discuss about, well, thing :undecided:s they don't want others to see. I think
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« Reply #12 on: 13 January 2008, 04:16:04 »

Gnomish is the 'technical' language.

 I was teasing, as I wrote about 99 percent of the dwarven language and made SURE there were words for just about anything the dwarves might want to discuss.  (well, it's not 99 percent complete, as there's little higher-level vocabulary, such as belief structures, philosophy, magic, and technical phrases...)  But you will find the formal words, the everyday words, and the crude slang words for the various parts of dwarven anatomy!

And yes, sorry, the Moot is a private forum - private only in the sense that it's not available to the strolling public. No big secret.  When you formally become a member you gain access   (one of the few actual privileges you get, as opposed to more responsibilities! :) ) Usually it's for technical or in-house discussions that simply wouldn't interest the casual role-players, the general net-surfers, or other non-Santharians.
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« Reply #13 on: 13 January 2008, 05:18:25 »

Perhaps fingers could be called 'Dedons'? (sneakily derrived from Spanish 'Dedo')

or maybe something more colloquial...'Touchers'?

'What out there lad! That saw can take you touchers off with much trouble!'

Well?
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« Reply #14 on: 13 January 2008, 06:15:02 »

Well, here we run into the 'Palette Problem', as I like to call it.  We have perfectly acceptable colour names (red, blue, yellow, tan, etc.) AND a Santharian range of specific colour hues (allia, emeraud, mercoral, etc.).  Both can and should be used in entries; the Santharian colour list is there to assist artists and heralds in describing coats-of-arms and colours that match a particular shade exactly.

We have perfectly acceptable names for most body parts which were (in medieval Terra) and are (in 'contemporary' Santharia) used daily: chest, hands, arms, etc.    Obviously it would be ridiculous to replace something as basic as 'head' with 'heb' (even if it IS the correct antique Tharian!)  Of course, something like Deci has suggested is fine when used in context as a slang phrase, but NOT as 'the Santharian equivalent' to a Terran word.

What I and Kel are asking for are invented, authentic, and/or quasi-authentic words for parts of the anatomy that currently have only 'modern' names - so that we don't have such an anachronistic sound to some of our more technical entries.  Kel's suggestions, for example, are almost dead-on; they are easy to remember (authentic or quasi) and in common use through the period we want to evoke.

  eg:    * Shin, for the tibia/thick bone of the calf
    * Leggin, for the fibula/thin bone of the calf
    * Girdle, for the pelvis
    * Breastbone, for the sternum

I have given 'womb' for 'uterus',  'windpipe' for 'trachea', and 'great vein' for 'jugular' so far...    further suggestions in the same vein (sorry, pun intended! :P ) are welcome!
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