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 Post Posted: Sat Aug 19, 2017 2:04 pm 
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I'm not a linguist, I've only studied languages in the literal "learn to speak and write it" sense.

But this "problem" came up when writing a recent chapter of my fanfic, only to turn into something beautiful, and I wanted to share it.

To start, read the following sentence and translate it into regular English.

"In the heat of the battle, the Stabber croaked."




Now, did you read that as "the Stabber died"... or "the Stabber killed"?

It's not really the Erfworld "censoring" mechanic at work. The unique way they use Croaked works for more than the verb of killing, it also applies to dead and dying.

The words Kill, Murder, Die, and Dead have all been used and apply to Croak. Back when I was writing Hungry Jungle, this was a headache because Die rhymes with a lot of things in songs I wanted to adapt to Dance Fighting. But most recently it created a lot of ambiguity that had to be carefully phrased in dialog or description.

The most recent of which was when this phrase came up "Love does not Croak, it transforms."

And I was grumbling how annoying that was... when I realized both interpretations could apply.

This is just kind of a little tidbit I wanted to share. Imprecise language isn't always a bad thing.

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    The verb "To Croak" in Erfworld requires an object. If not, it is used reflexively.

    "In battle the piker croaked"
    mean the piker died.

    "In battle the piker croaked the enemy"
    means the piker killed something.


    Providing a pointer to an object is necessary because while the verb refers to the state of Death, it does not attach direction to it. Unfortunately it eats away at some of the poetry of its use, but you can 'misuse' it anyway to create intrigue in your writing.

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    Spicymancer wrote:
    "Love does not Croak, it transforms."

    Note that the same applies to "transforms." Does love itself transform into something else, or does it transform other things?

    Love does not [die], it transforms [into something else].
    Love does not [kill], it transforms [the thing].

    Which offers the more interesting literary interpretation?

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    lordfisch wrote:
    Spicymancer wrote:
    "Love does not Croak, it transforms."

    Note that the same applies to "transforms." Does love itself transform into something else, or does it transform other things?

    Love does not [die], it transforms [into something else].
    Love does not [kill], it transforms [the thing].

    Which offers the more interesting literary interpretation?


    Yes. :D ;)

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