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« on: 17 August 2005, 13:36:00 »

This is the place where you should put new proverbs, sayings, curses etc. you create. Just state the proverb/saying, add to it the meaning/explanation and finally the race where it is used and if applicable the tribe to which you can allocate it.

Example (ideal post):

Proverb/Saying: "Did you hear Dalireen's bells?"
Meaning/Explanation: Used when a person has something of an epiphany, when the complications of a problem become clear. In a sense, the person is asking if Dalireen's bells have helped them find the answer in the same way her bells are said to help lost children. Often used among neighboring humans tribe and among hobbit folk.
Origin: Hobbit (Helmond)

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« Reply #1 on: 17 February 2007, 03:53:43 »

Unflattering “nicknames” for those who have these ear-slits (Avennorians), as mentioned in Grunok's Marduran entry:

“slit-ear”, highly offensive names are “gill-face”, “fish-man”, or “redfish”

While there are no derogatory sayings about these people, there is a saying which is often used to explain the ear-flap peculiarity to those from other parts of Caelereth before they rashly offend a person with this characteristic. It goes: “Big slits – big lungs – big house – big pouch”. This attempts to illustrate that having ear-slits means that they can dive for a long time and this, along with the high probability of connections to the nobility (or a noble "house", as it states in the saying), means they are rich, and therefore powerful people.

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« Reply #2 on: 14 July 2007, 16:27:39 »

“Lonely as a wison mount”, to refer to a man (sometimes a woman though less frequently) who has lost their spouse and never remarries.  This is in reference to the fact that Wison mounts who lose a rider are rarely able to be trained to take another.  Ice Tribe in origin.
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« Reply #3 on: 21 July 2007, 03:43:13 »

From the Liu’lian entry:

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A common saying is "a Liu’lian has eyes and can see where it is falling". This is because (so the saying goes) the fruit never falls during daylight hours when people may be hurt by their size, vicious spines and the velocity gathered as they hurtle to the ground, but rather in the hours when honest citizens certainly would not be prowling under Liu’lian Trees.
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« Reply #4 on: 14 August 2007, 00:52:36 »

Two saying about the Riccio, or pricklypig.


Hobbit saying:

"Don't bump bottoms with a porkprickle!"  Said when someone is attempting an impossible or recklessly dangerous feat.


Kuglimz saying:

"Curi'sar'mystrum'ang" (lit. "arrow pig (Riccio) battle not")  ie. Don't fight the prickly pig.   Said when someone is attempting an impossible or recklessly dangerous feat.



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« Reply #5 on: 26 August 2007, 11:34:46 »

"To love as Arleina' loves."
Elvish

Or

"To love a shadow."
Human

"To love ice when it sits in the desert sun."
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Said by a lover when the object of the desire does not return their love, or when the object of love is unreachable by some barrior (by rank, wealth, or any separation that may divide lovers).

For example:

"To love her would be to love a shadow."

Or it is impossible to love her.

The human phrases apply that such impossible love is often fleatingly loved by the lover.  That a suiter will soon forget a love that they cannot have.

The elven phrase, however, implies that such love is enternal, hopeless, sad, and deseparate.  It should be noted that this phrase was coined by a group of elves upon obversing the death of two human lovers leaping off a cliff in order to be together in death when they could not be togther in life.  It is also perhaps said with some derision and is often said when obversing two human lovers since the Elves know no love themselves.
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« Reply #6 on: 05 September 2007, 20:13:48 »

Yeah here are some from my entry.

Saying:“It’s/Their sticking like Nightgrape”
Meaning/Use: Used when something or someone is sticking to the person and refuseing to leave.
Origin: Dwafs use it the most because they grow the grape and it is very hard to get of the rock once on it.

Saying:“Gossip grows like the Nightgrape but is far less useful”.
Meaning/Use:Well it's pretty self explanitry, used when something happens and is quick to travel.
Origin: Againn dwarfs because the nightgrape grows so quickly.
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« Reply #7 on: 19 October 2007, 12:20:28 »

Tanco, while your 'saying' is accurate, it's not particularly novel, and more importantly, not particularly Santharian.  If you are role-playing, you can use this expression, certainly, but nothing about it warrants inclusion in the compendium - or even extra explanation beyond the phrase itself. 

Not to be snide, but as it happens I have a phrase to post:  perhaps you can see the difference?  :)

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'Worth putting through a Mercato-net..."

"Let's use Mercnet on this...."

Both expressions are popular with human tribes wherever the Mercato, a small bloodsucking fly, is found, and wherever the finely-meshed fabric known as 'Mercato-net' or 'Mercnet' is sold.    The first refers to taking the time to check something thoroughly or inspecting it closely (as in Terra we might say 'with a fine-tooth comb').  The second is similar, meaning 'let's use discernment' or 'judge very carefully'.
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« Reply #8 on: 26 January 2008, 00:39:27 »

From Grun's religion entry - extracted here so that it is not forgotten:

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Many commentators have noticed a certain happy ‘fatalism’ expressed by Serphelorians; some sour individuals have gone as far as calling them “oblivious to reality”! Whether it is a good thing or not, Serphelorians do show a remarkable sense that everything will turn out for the best. Phrases like “Seyella’s plan is hidden”, “Troubles lead to treasures”, or the ambiguous, seldom finished “Lose your sword-hand…”[1] illustrate this philosophy in day-to-day life in Sanguia and its surrounds. This confident attitude allows them to remain more or less carefree in situations that would upset or sadden most members of other tribes, and to be as open and friendly as their reputation tells.

(*) [1] This phrase, while the original ending seems to be lost, is sometimes finished in a novel way, to amusing effect. The endings always run along the lines of "gain a (something)" where the ‘something’ usually appeals to the ribald Serphelorian sense of humour. One example, heard in the Santhran’s Shield tavern in Vreesran went "Lose a sword-hand, gain a stable-hand", which may not seem particularly provocative without the accompanying winks and loud laughter – therefore making this particular version printable.
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« Reply #9 on: 11 February 2008, 15:42:06 »

origin: Eophyrhim

Saying: "He is nearing his hour of waking."

Meaning:  As the Eophyrhim believe death is the only release from the dream of life, the saying means that the indicated person is about to die.

Saying: to "give the gift of waking"

Meaning: to kill someone. Death is a gift to those weaker than one's self.

Saying: to be "covered with/lack moss"

Meaning: to be well/less respected.  Those with high standing have houses covered with tree rot.

Saying: to be "pierced in the face"

Meaning: to be disgraced or outcast

Saying: to "have a shaved scalp"

Meaning: to be young, rash, and inexperienced.  Younger drow often shave their hair to appear frightening in battle.
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« Reply #10 on: 20 April 2008, 15:27:56 »

From the Parpalm entry:

On R’unor they use the expressions “False as a Parfruit” – meaning, of course, that appearances are deceiving – and also “Pretty as a Parfruit” – never used to locals, but to outsiders ironically.

Barkath Islanders say “I’m parpalmin’ busy…” This expression is sighed in exasperation when one has too many projects on the go at one time, a nod to the usefulness of the tree.

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"as loyal as a Caladrius"
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« Reply #11 on: 29 April 2008, 00:34:43 »

Proverb/Saying: "Where river and rock run closest, there the water is liveliest"
Meaning/Explanation: Referring to the fact that differences in opinion, talent or culture often spark the best ideas.  It is often used when trying to encourage a reluctant group to work together, although it's origins date  to ancient times and the beginnings of the Llaoihrr settlement.  It was first used to encourage different coloured Brownies to work as a whole, rather than fighting each other for power as they had during the Birni Era.
Origin: Brownie (Llaoihrr, although not unheard of in Milkengrad either)
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« Reply #12 on: 02 May 2008, 02:30:47 »

 
SAYING
"Don't kick a Warg up the backside while he has your hand in his mouth."

MEANING
When things are going bad for you, try not to make them worse.

ORIGIN
Traditional Ashz-oc proverb
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« Reply #13 on: 12 May 2008, 15:33:51 »

Saying: "Aaahhhmmm... aaahhhmmm...." (spoken slow and deeply, as if one were meditating)

Meaning: Ximaxian saying to help mage students remember that Ahm Xeuá links in a Cár’áll are passive. The saying relates the word's spelling and pronunciation with an over-exaggerated meditation trance, implying tranquility.

Origin: Human (Ximaxian)


Saying: "To soar is to Soór."

Meaning: Ximaxian saying to help mage students remember that Soór Xeuá links in a Cár’áll are active. The saying relates the word's spelling and pronunciation with soaring, implying active flight.

Origin: Human (Ximaxian)



((I've actually been using these two proverbs for years now and it's what has always helped me remember which is which. ;)))
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« Reply #14 on: 12 July 2008, 15:45:02 »

From the Foilfish/Red Herring entry:

The saying "To see a Red Herring", popular among the fishermen of the Northern Bay, means that someone is seeing things that are not really there. It would be the author's guess that it is most commonly used in a version of "Last night I drank so much, I was seeing Red Herring!", considering the origins of this saying.

"Common as Foilfish" is another saying related to these animals found primarily in the city-states that govern the southern beaches of the Northern Bay, and of course refers to the vast number of these fish in a shoal.
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