List of Idioms

Below is a list of some phrases and idioms used in Ackenzal and its colonies, current and former.

Phrase Meaning Origin
“A Trickster’s maze” Something overly complicated or not navigable From the anathem’s legend
“Find salt in the sand” To discover meaning in a mundane place From a parable explaining the Oversoul
“Yarn-talk” To use innuendo or to subtly communicate a hidden message. From the Magpies’ method of using knotted yarns to send secret messages.
“Barking-Iron” A pistol.
“Hush-Steel” A springbolt. Purposeful inversion of “Barking-Iron”
"Flap-bleeder A preparation of chewing quid. From the red saliva chewers produce and spit out from their ‘flaps’ (mouths)
“Advance the spark” To ready oneself. A term from smithing.
“Warm as a Scheznyk’s tit” Very cold Ironic, referring to the frigid climate of Ejdaqru
“Flaybottomist” A teacher From the use of paddling in schools
" Pygmie kiss " Oral sex From halflings’ height and prevalence as prostitutes in Wyvar and other regions of Ackenzal
“Fresh off the horn” Overcooked; also, a veteran Fanciful location of where overcooked meat is cut from
“Buff Rutter” Someone who sleeps with slavebred. ‘Buff’ is slang for dog, ‘rut’ a term for mating season.
“Followmelads” The curls that hang below a woman’s shoulder
“Man of Letters” A criminal Refers to the practice of burning characters into the skin of criminals to indicate the crime committed
“Coney-catcher” A con man A term for a rabbit hunter.
“Hide it Delve deep” To bury a secret beyond recovery Reference to The Delve
“Untied” Dead In reference to the destruction of a Knot after death.
“Merry-Begotten” Child of a prostitute; a bastard
“Witcher Tilter” A basket-hilted sword From the swords commonly used by The Inquisition
“Walking the Way” To walk or act as if one is of high station. From the famous road in Wyvar called “King’s Way”, which the High King used to take to his palace.
“Summer Court charm” Diplomatic ability Reference to the Ondine telepathic ability
“Go to the crows!” An insult, meaning ‘go to hell’

List of Idioms

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