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Most players in our world simply use Common as a direct translation from whatever language they speak. However, certain words are different, as demonstrated by the following list.
Alae (ah-LAY): "Fortunate Meeting". A contraction of an elven phrase. It was a greeting and reassurance of peaceful intentions between travelers in the southern and eastern coastlands around the Sea of Fallen Stars. It became a common greeting across all Faerûn during the 15th century DR.
Anyhail: Anyhow, anyway.
Bluefin: - Tuna
Blusterwing: - Grouse
Brighstar: Could mean either great, exciting, pleasing, marvelous, or superb.
Browncap: - a wild mushroom.
Burslake (or simply slake): - Trout
Bustard: - Turkey
Candle-cup: A bed paired with a table and an oil lamp.
Chamberjack or chambermaid, informally jack or maid: An employee of an small inn.
Clevershanks or clevertongue: A know-it-all. The first word refers to men, the second to women.
Codloose winker: Lecher
Croft: An steading or an isolated farm.
Crofter: The owner of a croft, or a worker of said croft (usually, kin to the owner). Can also be used as substitute for farmer.
Darburl (DAR-burl): Angry.
Darchains: Suites of linked rooms in a house, usually three.
Darkhall: Any rundown house.
Doorguard: A guard that guards a doorway of a building.
Durgos (DUR-ghosz): "Peace". A corrupted form of the orcish greeting "Durgreos". Used by mongrelmen and human slavers. In the 15th century DR, it as also a popular greeting among dragonborn, and traders and sailors of all races.
Elsun: Late morning.
Galad: Heartlands word meaning something akin to "I'm astonished!"
Garderobe: Bathroom. Another term for a bathroom was jake. Outdoor bathrooms were called privies, thunderthrones, or gloryhouses.
Glim/Glimmer: Something beautiful or flashy.
Goodsir and goodwoman, or sometimes fairlady: A polite greeting, usually used with strangers.
Harbright: Full morning.
Hardjaws: Garrulous regulars of a tavern.
Haularake (HAH-rake; pronounced very quickly, as if it has but two syllables): God-damnit. It was an all-faith polite insult.
Hawksnarl: A man who always yelled or was nastier or more aggressive than prudent or necessary.
Hay-nose: A hick. Bumpkin is also used for this term.
Highborn or high-nose: A noble. The second word was a pejorative.
Hiresword: A mercenary.
Hrast (hur-RAST) or hrammar (hur-RAM-uh) in the south: A non-deity-specific "damn".
Keghand: A waiter.
Kell: To try. It was a derisive, cynical or disbelieving word, used only when the thing you were trying to do seemed to be impossible. Kell never changed due to tense.
Knuckle or thumbknuckle: Brussels sprout.
Lalandath: - Agile, sleek or lithe, often used to describe female dancers whose beauty was accentuated by their movements.
Murdath: A standath without cellars.
Naeth (naythh, drawn-out "th") or naed (nayd) in the south: Dung (exclamation).
Nandra: Something mediocre. Usually used to bicker over prices.
Nightjack or nightmaid, informally potjack and potmaid: An employee of a large inn.
Plounce: - Squab
Parharding: - A swear word used as an adjective ("Parharding wizard!")
On the morrow: Tomorrow.
Rivvim: Smitten, in love, lusty. As in "I'm rivvim for her".
Roofwrack: A dilapidated house.
Sabruin (sah-BROO-in): Get lost or harsher similar words.
Saer: See, goodsir.
Sark (ssark, drawn-out "s"): A more offensive form of Haularake.
Sellsword: A well-established or veteran mercenary.
Shield: Pastry crust
Spear, also known as greenneedles: Asparagus.
Spurnarmor: A good-looking man or woman with a spectacular figure.
Stlarn (stuh-LARN): Polite equivalent of F-word. About as blasphemous as "darn" used where we might say "screw" or "screwing" (stlarning).
Straek (strrake, drawn-out "r"): Something akin "go kill yourself, right now and painfully."
Tallhouse: A tall, narrow, tenement-like building sharing side walls with adjacent buildings. Tallhouses were common in Waterdeep, Athkatla, and the cities of Sembia in the 14th and 15th centuries DR.
Thael: Glad, pleasant or heart-lifting.
Tharsun: Late afternoon.
Throatslake: See, gulletfire. Also, a healthy and thirst-quenching drink that wasn't particularly pleasant.
This night: Tonight.
Thulsun: Early afternoon.
Turnshield: - Polite cormyrean term for bastard.
Vlandranna (vlan-DRANNA): "Gods grant". Used in conjunction with with whatever you wanted the gods to grant you. A corrupted Dwarven word used by those living on and around the Sea of Fallen Stars.
Waelo: Equivalent to "hey, there!".
Watchwolf: - A guard.
Zzar: - Ice wine.
- ↑ The word "perhaps" was also used in the Realms, but only by bards, minstrels, nobles, and many middle-class merchants. However, it was only used in conversation with people close to the speaker; it was never used in public or while talking with strangers.
- ↑ In the Realms, the word "cabin" didn't exist and "cottage" is rarely used.
- ↑ In the Realms, this term is not considered pejorative.
- ↑ In the Realms, the words barkeep, barkeeper or bartender doesn't exist.
- ↑ In the Realms, this term is not considered pejorative.
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Ed Greenwood (August 1992). “The Everwinking Eye”. In Jean Rabe ed. Polyhedron #74 (TSR), p. 14.
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 2.6 2.7 2.8 Bruce R. Cordell, Ed Greenwood, Chris Sims (August 2008). Forgotten Realms Campaign Guide. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 47. ISBN 978-0-7869-4924-3.
- ↑ 3.0 3.1 3.2 Jeff Grubb, Ed Greenwood and Karen S. Martin (1987). Forgotten Realms Campaign Set (Cyclopedia of the Realms). (TSR, Inc), p. 9. ISBN 0-8803-8472-7.
- ↑ 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 4.4 Ed Greenwood (October 2012). Ed Greenwood Presents Elminster's Forgotten Realms. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 79. ISBN 0786960345.
- ↑ 5.00 5.01 5.02 5.03 5.04 5.05 5.06 5.07 5.08 5.09 5.10 5.11 5.12 5.13 5.14 5.15 5.16 5.17 5.18 Ed Greenwood (October 2012). Ed Greenwood Presents Elminster's Forgotten Realms. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 13. ISBN 0786960345.
- ↑ 6.0 6.1 6.2 6.3 6.4 6.5 6.6 Bruce R. Cordell, Ed Greenwood, Chris Sims (August 2008). Forgotten Realms Campaign Guide. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 46. ISBN 978-0-7869-4924-3.
- ↑ Ed Greenwood, Sean K. Reynolds, Skip Williams, Rob Heinsoo (June 2001). Forgotten Realms Campaign Setting 3rd edition. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 80. ISBN 0-7869-1836-5.
- ↑ 8.0 8.1 8.2 8.3 8.4 8.5 8.6 Ed Greenwood (October 2012). Ed Greenwood Presents Elminster's Forgotten Realms. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 78. ISBN 0786960345.
- ↑ 9.0 9.1 Ed Greenwood (October 2012). Ed Greenwood Presents Elminster's Forgotten Realms. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 80. ISBN 0786960345.
- ↑ 10.0 10.1 10.2 10.3 Ed Greenwood (October 2012). Ed Greenwood Presents Elminster's Forgotten Realms. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 77. ISBN 0786960345.
- ↑ 11.0 11.1 11.2 Ed Greenwood, Eric L. Boyd (March 2006). Power of Faerûn. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 66. ISBN 0-7869-3910-9.
- ↑ 12.0 12.1 12.2 12.3 12.4 12.5 12.6 12.7 Ed Greenwood (October 2012). Ed Greenwood Presents Elminster's Forgotten Realms. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 18. ISBN 0786960345.
- ↑ Ed Greenwood (2004). Silverfall. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 25. ISBN 0-7869-3572-3.
- ↑ 14.0 14.1 14.2 14.3 14.4 14.5 14.6 14.7 Ed Greenwood (October 2012). Ed Greenwood Presents Elminster's Forgotten Realms. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 14. ISBN 0786960345.
- ↑ 15.0 15.1 15.2 15.3 15.4 15.5 15.6 15.7 Ed Greenwood (October 2012). Ed Greenwood Presents Elminster's Forgotten Realms. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 16. ISBN 0786960345.
- ↑ Steven E. Schend (September 2008). Blackstaff Tower. (Wizards of the Coast). ISBN 0-7869-4913-9.
- ↑ Ed Greenwood (October 2012). Ed Greenwood Presents Elminster's Forgotten Realms. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 17. ISBN 0786960345.
- ↑ Ed Greenwood (December 1993). “Elminster's Notebook #1: Lord Kuldak Maurancz”. In Kim Mohan ed. Dragon #200 (TSR, Inc.), pp. 144–145, 166.
- ↑ Ed Greenwood (2004). Silverfall. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 103. ISBN 0-7869-3572-3.