History Main / PunctuationShaker

21st May '16 2:22:17 PM Miracle@StOlaf
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* American businessman Timothy Dexter reputedly viewed the ''English'' language as a punctuation shaker. To this end, he wrote his autobiography, ''Literature/APickleForTheKnowingOnes'', with [[NoPunctuationPeriod no punctuation whatsoever]]. When people complained, he wrote a second edition with an entire page of punctuation marks, asking the readers to "peper and solt it as they plese".

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* American businessman Timothy Dexter reputedly viewed the ''English'' language as a punctuation shaker. To this end, he wrote his autobiography, ''Literature/APickleForTheKnowingOnes'', with [[NoPunctuationPeriod no punctuation whatsoever]]. When people complained, [[TrollingCreator he wrote a second edition with an entire page of punctuation marks, asking the readers to "peper and solt it as they plese".plese"]].
19th May '16 8:10:36 AM LondonKdS
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See also [[HeavyMetalUmlaut Heävy Mëtal Ümlaut]] and LawOfAlienNames.

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See also LuckyCharmsTitle, [[HeavyMetalUmlaut Heävy Mëtal Ümlaut]] and LawOfAlienNames.
8th May '16 9:02:26 PM PaulA
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* The probable TropeCodifier is AnneMcCaffrey's ''Literature/DragonridersOfPern'' series of novels, in which dragon-riders' names are shortened and apostrophized, as an honorific, when they become bonded with a dragon. Since dragon-rider is usually a hereditary post, their parents give them names meant to be apostrophized easily -- Fallarnon and Famanoran, for example, becoming F'lar and F'nor.

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* The probable TropeCodifier is AnneMcCaffrey's Creator/AnneMcCaffrey's ''Literature/DragonridersOfPern'' series of novels, in which dragon-riders' names are shortened and apostrophized, as an honorific, when they become bonded with a dragon. Since dragon-rider is usually a hereditary post, their parents give them names meant to be apostrophized easily -- Fallarnon and Famanoran, for example, becoming F'lar and F'nor.
20th Apr '16 6:17:30 AM narm00
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* Literary[=/=][[TabletopGames roleplaying]] example: Drizzt Do'Urden (full name Drizzt Daermon N'a'shezbaernon) from the ''Tabletopgame/DungeonsAndDragons Forgotten Realms'' setting. R.A. Salvatore, his creator, apparently pronounces it "Drits" (yes, with the "t" sound ''before'' the "s" sound)

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* Literary[=/=][[TabletopGames roleplaying]] example: Drizzt Do'Urden (full name Drizzt Daermon N'a'shezbaernon) from the ''Tabletopgame/DungeonsAndDragons Forgotten Realms'' TabletopGame/ForgottenRealms'' setting. R.A. Salvatore, his creator, apparently pronounces it "Drits" (yes, with the "t" sound ''before'' the "s" sound)



** And in the Dark Sun setting, thri'kreen, an insectoid race, tend to have names like Myk'tyl'klk and the like. Bugs have no need for puny vowels.

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** And in the Dark Sun TabletopGame/DarkSun setting, thri'kreen, an insectoid race, tend to have names like Myk'tyl'klk and the like. Bugs have no need for puny vowels.



* In ''{{Tribe 8}}'', you're not going to find many Z'bri names without apostrophes.
* The ''WarhammerFantasy Roleplay'' sourcebook ''Tome of Corruption'' goes into details about Daemonic Names. Essentially they are a string of randomly generated letter groups, which the DM is then encouraged to split up with apostrophes to make it look more daemonic.
* In a truly bizarre example: ''{{Rifts}}'' has a race of aliens in its Three Galaxies setting called the K!ozn. The book explains that it's pronounced ''kot-zin''. [[PoesLaw This may or may not have been meant as a parody.]]

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* In ''{{Tribe ''TabletopGame/{{Tribe 8}}'', you're not going to find many Z'bri names without apostrophes.
* The ''WarhammerFantasy Roleplay'' ''TabletopGame/WarhammerFantasyRoleplay'' sourcebook ''Tome of Corruption'' goes into details detail about Daemonic Names. Essentially they are a string of randomly generated letter groups, which the DM is then encouraged to split up with apostrophes to make it look more daemonic.
* In a truly bizarre example: ''{{Rifts}}'' ''TabletopGame/{{Rifts}}'' has a race of aliens in its Three Galaxies setting called the K!ozn. The book explains that it's pronounced ''kot-zin''. [[PoesLaw This may or may not have been meant as a parody.]]
11th Apr '16 12:06:39 PM Morgenthaler
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* Steven Erikson's ''MalazanBookOfTheFallen'' has names like: T'lan Imass, K'Chain Che'Malle, Onos T'oolan...

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* Steven Erikson's ''MalazanBookOfTheFallen'' ''Literature/MalazanBookOfTheFallen'' has names like: T'lan Imass, K'Chain Che'Malle, Onos T'oolan...



* In the ''WheelOfTime'' series by Robert Jordan, every word in the Old Tongue has at least one apostrophe. A notable example is the BigBad, Shai'tan (obviously {{Satan}} with an apostrophe).

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* In the ''WheelOfTime'' ''Literature/TheWheelOfTime'' series by Robert Jordan, every word in the Old Tongue has at least one apostrophe. A notable example is the BigBad, Shai'tan (obviously {{Satan}} with an apostrophe).



* GeneRoddenberry's novelization of ''Film/StarTrekTheMotionPicture'' gives us the Vulcan word T'hy'la. The first apostrophe is to indicate that the 't' and 'h' do not combine into the 'th' phoneme. The meaning of the second is debateable.

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* GeneRoddenberry's Creator/GeneRoddenberry's novelization of ''Film/StarTrekTheMotionPicture'' gives us the Vulcan word T'hy'la. The first apostrophe is to indicate that the 't' and 'h' do not combine into the 'th' phoneme. The meaning of the second is debateable.



* Used heavily by MercedesLackey in her ''HeraldsOfValdemar'' books. Several peoples, including the Kaled'a'in (and the related Shin'a'in) have languages full of apostrophes as glottal stops.
* Jaqen H'gar in ''ASongOfIceAndFire''.
* ''All'' the Sithi in Tad Williams' ''MemorySorrowAndThorn''.

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* Used heavily by MercedesLackey in her ''HeraldsOfValdemar'' ''Literature/HeraldsOfValdemar'' books. Several peoples, including the Kaled'a'in (and the related Shin'a'in) have languages full of apostrophes as glottal stops.
* Jaqen H'gar in ''ASongOfIceAndFire''.
''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire''.
* ''All'' the Sithi in Tad Williams' ''MemorySorrowAndThorn''.''Literature/MemorySorrowAndThorn''.
18th Mar '16 8:01:47 AM Morgenthaler
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* The Taelons from ''EarthFinalConflict'' used apostrophes in every name for everything (Da'an, Ma'el, Zo'or). The show did some real-world LampshadeHanging, by naming their official website's online shop "The Sto'or".

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* The Taelons from ''EarthFinalConflict'' ''Series/EarthFinalConflict'' used apostrophes in every name for everything (Da'an, Ma'el, Zo'or). The show did some real-world LampshadeHanging, by naming their official website's online shop "The Sto'or".
9th Mar '16 1:12:52 AM GrammarNavi
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* Creator/DianaWynneJones's ''TheToughGuideToFantasyland'', essentially a parodic list of fantasy clichés, explains that, since the typical [[FunctionalMagic Rules of Magic]] say you gain power over someone from [[IKnowYourTrueName knowing his or her True Name]], replacing half your name with apostrophes is a wise precaution.

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* Creator/DianaWynneJones's ''TheToughGuideToFantasyland'', ''Literature/TheToughGuideToFantasyland'', essentially a parodic list of fantasy clichés, explains that, since the typical [[FunctionalMagic Rules of Magic]] say you gain power over someone from [[IKnowYourTrueName knowing his or her True Name]], replacing half your name with apostrophes is a wise precaution.
6th Mar '16 2:29:33 PM kome360
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* The Lightness cult in ''Broken Age'' change their names to something "lighter" by taking out vowels, which causes a lot of apostrophes. To be fair, those apostrophes would use less ink if this was a brushed storybook and not a video game.

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* The Lightness cult in ''Broken Age'' ''VideoGame/BrokenAge'' change their names to something "lighter" by taking out vowels, which causes a lot of apostrophes. To be fair, those apostrophes would use less ink if this was a brushed storybook and not a video game.
6th Mar '16 2:29:01 PM kome360
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* The Lightness cult in ''Broken Age'' change their names to something "lighter" by taking out vowels, which causes a lot of apostrophes. To be fair, those apostrophes would use less ink if this was a brushed storybook and not a video game.
6th Mar '16 1:50:40 AM Morgenthaler
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** An example is the convention formed naturally on this site (there are no official translations) for Romanizing names from NickPerumov's works like ''Literature/DiamondSwordWoodenSword''. The name of the empire and world Mel'in is read as "Mel Yin", with "Mel"'s ending "l" pronounced a la French.

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** An example is the convention formed naturally on this site (there are no official translations) for Romanizing names from NickPerumov's Creator/NickPerumov's works like ''Literature/DiamondSwordWoodenSword''. The name of the empire and world Mel'in is read as "Mel Yin", with "Mel"'s ending "l" pronounced a la French.
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