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Old 18th July 2006, 01:43 PM   #16 (permalink)
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Re: The apostrophe in names - is it just me?

that sounds like a raly good way of making up names for characters, tahnks zorca
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Old 18th July 2006, 04:39 PM   #17 (permalink)
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Yep - and all pronouncable!
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Old 19th July 2006, 11:08 AM   #18 (permalink)
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Well, I wouldn't know about WehHuriQ

Its quite easy to make up a naming system, when you think about it. Just give certain syllables meanings, and soon you'll be creating more names than you can think of...

For another race I created, I simply used three syllables for ship class names. The first two would determine the size of the vessel, and the last syllable would determine what type of vessel it was.

StaSta- meant heavy
StaFra- meant medium
FraFra- meant light

Then:

-Gum meant warship (in which case a hyphen and a fourth syllable would be used. -Hak meant command, -Kul meant battle, -Dew meant escort and so on)
-Vol meant fighter
-Gar meant civilian vessel (in which case a hyphen and a fourth syllable would be used to determine whether it was a bulk freighter (-Fer), a fuel tanker (-Lup) etc.

So, given these rules, give me the translation for:

a) Battleship

b) Light Fighter

c) Supertanker
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Old 19th July 2006, 01:59 PM   #19 (permalink)
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Re: The apostrophe in names - is it just me?

errr - do we get little star stickers if we answer correctly
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Old 19th July 2006, 02:08 PM   #20 (permalink)
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a) StaFraGumKul
b) FraFraVol
c) StaStaGarFer
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Old 19th July 2006, 11:15 PM   #21 (permalink)
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Star Torturer I can't believe you went to the trouble to do that.
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Old 20th July 2006, 10:40 AM   #22 (permalink)
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Star Torturer I can't believe you went to the trouble to do that.
You many not believe it, but two of the names were correct.

a) was wrong--a battleship would be a StaStaGum-Kur

b) was spot on

c) was correct, but it needed a hyphen (StaStaGar-Fer)

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Old 20th July 2006, 10:42 AM   #23 (permalink)
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yay, i only got it rong because i dint go back to read the original post

ps: i only did it cause i needed to get out more from the tearooms
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Old 24th July 2006, 01:24 PM   #24 (permalink)
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If used consistantly, with a correct linguistic explanation, it's fine. When you get stuff like the "Wi'tch" series, it's just plain annoying, aye.
Tell you what mate, after reading about people pointing at her saying "wi'tch, wi'tch, you're a wi'tch", the book died for me. It still lies there on my bookshelf, gathering dust.
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Tell you what mate, after reading about people pointing at her saying "wi'tch, wi'tch, you're a wi'tch", the book died for me. It still lies there on my bookshelf, gathering dust.
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Thank you, thank you very much.
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Old 5th August 2006, 08:05 PM   #28 (permalink)
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Re: The apostrophe in names - is it just me?

When apostrophes are included for no reason it's annoying, but if there's a plausible reason it can be positive. I hesitate to use any Star Wars books as examples of good writing, but I liked Zahn's explanations of apostrophes in the Chiss names. Each Chiss name has a root name and a prefix and suffix based on the family one belonged to. The two apostrophes were always the second and second to last sounds in the root name. So, for example, Thrawn's full name is Mitth'raw'nuruodo.

As with anything, its not the apostrophes that are bad or good, its how they are used.
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Old 14th August 2006, 09:54 AM   #29 (permalink)
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I think it was Anne McCaffrey who first started it. When you impressed a dragon and became a dragon rider, your name automatically lost a vowel and gained an apostrophe. Didn't bother me. The later usages did.
yes, when a rider was impressed, his name would be contracted, eg: Kevin = k'van. although this was only for male riders, apparently it was a thread fighting thing, because when the dragons were flying thread they would talk very quickly. it was a badge of honour.
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Old 14th August 2006, 10:07 AM   #30 (permalink)
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The contraction made sense in the Pern books and the reason was explained. The contractions were also consistent so the reader got into the flow and rhythm of the names.

Many of the recent names though seem to have an apostrophe for no particular rhyme or reason. Almost as if they were the latest fashion accessory or writer's accessory in this case.
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