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This page lists common oaths, idioms, and colloquialisms in the Realms, those that are not specific to any faith or culture.

OathsEdit

Bind me and tar me 
Usually shortened to "Bind me!". A roughly and slightly stronger equivalent of "Strike me down!"[1]
By the great mystery 
This was exclaimed when one witnessed something magical or unnatural. Jalma cried this when chasme demons burst through her window[2] and Vajra Valmeyjar swore it when she saw a basilisk turned to stone.[3] [note 1]
By the sainted dog 
Vajra gasped this when Priam Agrivar healed her injuries and woke her.[4]
Dark and empty 
Usually shortened to "Dark!". A roughly equivalent of "Damn and blast!"[1]
Happy dancing hobgoblins 
A mildly comical oath, once popular but used almost exclusively by older people in the late 15th century DR, usually when astonished. Hobgoblins did not say this, and were not amused when they hear it.[1]
Those of all the Nine Hells take you! 
Usually shortened to "Hells!". It began as the roughly equivalent of "The devil take you!", but by the 15th century was more closer to "Hell take us all."[1]
I’ll turn out your guts for blood red garters! 
An aggressive oath, said by those usually looking for a fight. Usually shortened to "Red garters!".[1]

IdiomsEdit

Coin kept at home is begging to be stolen 
A common Waukeenar saying about not using money.[5]
He/she counts like a halfling 
Someone is just being difficult for no good reason. This was a reference to how halflings were known to count the days of the week starting with their pinky fingers instead of starting with their thumbs like everyone else.[6]
Men fall, but Tempus rides on! 
An older saying among the followers of Tempus. In disuse by the 15th century.[7]
Orcs is always trouble 
An old upcountry saying about orcs and their ilk, including half-orcs. Usually used by humans, elves and dwarves. In the 15th century was usually shortened to "Orcs is trouble".[8]
Utter discretion, with coded receipts 
A common Waukeenar saying about doing discreet business, also used by moneylenders.[8]

AppendixEdit

NotesEdit

  1. This may be a reference to the goddess of magic Mystra, called the Lady of Mysteries.

ReferencesEdit

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 Ed Greenwood (October 2012). Ed Greenwood Presents Elminster's Forgotten Realms. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 16. ISBN 0786960345.
  2. Michael Fleisher (December 1988). “The Gathering”. Advanced Dungeons & Dragons #1 (DC Comics), p. 10.
  3. Michael Fleisher (January 1989). “The Bounty Seekers Of Manshaka”. Advanced Dungeons & Dragons #2 (DC Comics), p. 22.
  4. Michael Fleisher (March 1989). “Sorcerer's Moon”. Advanced Dungeons & Dragons #4 (DC Comics), p. 8.
  5. Ed Greenwood (October 2012). Ed Greenwood Presents Elminster's Forgotten Realms. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 121. ISBN 0786960345.
  6. Ed Greenwood, Sean K. Reynolds, Skip Williams, Rob Heinsoo (June 2001). Forgotten Realms Campaign Setting 3rd edition. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 76. ISBN 0-7869-1836-5.
  7. Ed Greenwood (October 2012). Ed Greenwood Presents Elminster's Forgotten Realms. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 170. ISBN 0786960345.
  8. 8.0 8.1 Ed Greenwood (October 2012). Ed Greenwood Presents Elminster's Forgotten Realms. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 122. ISBN 0786960345.