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11th Nov '17 7:20:32 PM JudasMulderrig
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* ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'': George R.R. Martin also slips once in a while, and uses words like "damask" in a world with no city named Damascus, "turkey" (the fowl) where there is no country of the same name, or "chequy" when the setting's doesn't have an apparent direct analog to chess (and the closest game is called ''cyvasse''). The StraightEdgeEvil character Roose Bolton likes to drink the medicinal beverage [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hippocras Hippocras]], the name of which ultimately derives from the Ancient Greek physician Hippocrates. When Theon contemplates paying [[spoiler:Ramsay Snow, who has just returned with an army as he promised to do in return for being given a girl to rape]] [[Theatre/TheMerchantOfVenice "his pound of flesh"]] towards the end of ''A Clash of Kings'', he's quoting Creator/WilliamShakespeare in a world where the latter never lived.

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* ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'': George R.R. Martin also slips once in a while, and uses words like "damask" in a world with no city named Damascus, "turkey" (the fowl) where there is no country of the same name, or "chequy" when the setting's doesn't have an apparent direct analog to chess (and the closest game is called ''cyvasse''). The StraightEdgeEvil character Roose Bolton likes to drink the medicinal beverage [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hippocras Hippocras]], the name of which ultimately derives from the Ancient Greek physician Hippocrates. When Theon contemplates paying [[spoiler:Ramsay Snow, who has just returned with an army as he promised to do in return for being given a girl to rape]] [[Theatre/TheMerchantOfVenice "his pound of flesh"]] towards the end of ''A Clash of Kings'', he's quoting Creator/WilliamShakespeare in a world where the latter never lived. The "gunwale" of a ship is referred to 12 times, while no cannon are used by any of the cultures shown so far; in a modern context a gunwale is an upper edge of a ship's side, but originally was a reinforcement specifically to accommodate cannons.
11th Nov '17 7:17:52 PM JudasMulderrig
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* "Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire" uses the word "gunwale" 12 times when describing scenes on a ship. In the modern context, gunwale simply means the top edge of the side of a boat. The term originates however from a combination of 'gun' (for cannon) and 'wale,' a reinforcement along the side of a ship. The gunwale was a reinforcement specifically built to accommodate cannons, which do not exist in the Song of Ice and Fire universe (as far as is known).
11th Nov '17 7:17:00 PM JudasMulderrig
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* "Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire" uses the word "gunwale" 12 times when describing scenes on a ship. In the modern context, gunwale simply means the top edge of the side of a boat. The term originates however from a combination of 'gun' (for cannon) and 'wale,' a reinforcement along the side of a ship. The gunwale was a reinforcement specifically built to accommodate cannons, which do not exist in the Song of Ice and Fire universe (as far as is known).
18th Oct '17 2:53:49 PM Laevatein
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* First episode ''Anime/AkameGaKill'' has someone being called a Good Samaritan. What most people don't know is that Samaritans are a real life religious group who are the reason why we have the phrase Good Samaritan.

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* First episode ''Anime/AkameGaKill'' has someone being called a Good Samaritan. What most people don't know is that Samaritans are a real life religious ethnic group who are the reason why we have the phrase Good Samaritan.
18th Oct '17 2:51:19 PM 64SuperNintendo
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23rd Sep '17 11:13:34 AM thatother1dude
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** And Ming himself is an alien emperor sharing his name with a famous ''Chinese'' imperial dynasty... that could be {{Handwave}}d as a coincidence if not for the transparent (and [[YellowPeril a bit racist]]) resemblance.
* ''Film/TheLordOfTheRings: The Two Towers'' has soldiers being ordered to loose arrows with the command "Fire!," despite the pre-firearms setting. Note this error is only in the subtitle -- the Elvish command is, correctly, "Loose!"

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** And Ming himself is an alien emperor sharing his name with a famous ''Chinese'' imperial dynasty... that could dynasty. It's a simple enough name to plausibly be {{Handwave}}d as a coincidence if not for the transparent (and [[YellowPeril a bit racist]]) resemblance.
* ''Film/TheLordOfTheRings: The Two Towers'' has soldiers being ordered to loose arrows with the command "Fire!," despite the pre-firearms setting. Note this line is spoken in [[ConLang Elvish]], and the error is only in the subtitle -- the Elvish command is, correctly, "Loose!"subtitles--a more accurate translation is "Loose!".
23rd Sep '17 11:07:27 AM thatother1dude
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* ''Film/TheLordOfTheRings: The Two Towers'' has soldiers being ordered to loose arrows with the command "Fire!," despite the pre-firearms setting. This is a ''subtitle'' error -- the Elvish command is, correctly, "Loose!"

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* ''Film/TheLordOfTheRings: The Two Towers'' has soldiers being ordered to loose arrows with the command "Fire!," despite the pre-firearms setting. This is a ''subtitle'' Note this error is only in the subtitle -- the Elvish command is, correctly, "Loose!"
23rd Sep '17 11:01:46 AM thatother1dude
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* ''WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse'' takes place in an AlternateHistory and in a fictional U.S. state known as Delmarva, due to being set on the Delmarva Peninsula. This is despite said peninsula's name being a clipped compound of the three real states that actually occupy it: Delaware, Maryland, and Virginia.

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* ''WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse'' ''WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse'':
** The show
takes place in an AlternateHistory and in a [[FictionalProvince fictional U.S. state state]] known as Delmarva, due to being set on the Delmarva Peninsula. This is despite said peninsula's name being a clipped compound of the three real states that actually occupy it: Delaware, Maryland, and Virginia.Virginia.
** [[AliensSpeakingEnglish The show essentially ignores any language barrier between humans and gems]], which can make some gem names rather strange to think about. For instance, Holly Blue Agate is named for a type of agate (though the real thing is spelled "Holl'''e'''y blue agate") which itself is named for [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Holley,_Oregon the town in Oregon where it's found on a Earth]]--a town said character [[TimeAbyss is much older than]].
13th Sep '17 11:41:41 AM Sikon
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** Goblins have zeppelins, despite Count Ferdinand von Zeppelin not existing in the Warcraft universe.
30th Aug '17 3:14:38 PM DoktorvonEurotrash
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* Played for laughs in the ''Literature/TheMoomins'' comic strip: in one storyline, the Moomin family travel back in time to Ancient Egypt. When one of them asks what year it is, an Egyptian replies, "4000 BC."
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