History Main / TheScottishTrope

29th Jul '16 7:43:34 AM 5zero2
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** Also applies to just about any arm of emergency services. These words are taboo anywhere police, fire, or EMS personnel are based, and ''especially'' at the communications centres that dispatch them.
29th Jul '16 5:19:12 AM Morgenthaler
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** In ''Literature/HarryPotterAndTheDeathlyHallows'' [[SpeakOfTheDevil it really DOES bring misfortune]], in a very immediate and lethal form. [[spoiler: When the Death Eaters take over the Ministry of Magic, they set up a spell that lets them know if anyone anywhere says "Voldemort", and they will teleport there to arrest everyone in case they were plotting against the Death Eaters.]] Part of the reason this works [[DangerouslyGenreSavvy is because Voldemort has wised up to the fact]] that only his enemies use his name (his followers invariably call him "the Dark Lord").

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** In ''Literature/HarryPotterAndTheDeathlyHallows'' [[SpeakOfTheDevil it really DOES bring misfortune]], in a very immediate and lethal form. [[spoiler: When the Death Eaters take over the Ministry of Magic, they set up a spell that lets them know if anyone anywhere says "Voldemort", and they will teleport there to arrest everyone in case they were plotting against the Death Eaters.]] Part of the reason this works [[DangerouslyGenreSavvy is because Voldemort has wised up to the fact]] fact that only his enemies use his name (his followers invariably call him "the Dark Lord").
18th Jul '16 4:08:00 PM mariic
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* Creator/JorgeLuisBorges observes that ''every'' word is TheScottishTrope. In "The Library of Babel," the narrator/librarian points out that in the infinite labyrinth he oversees, stuffed with books containing every possible permutation of letters and spaces, any word can be this in one of the Library's infinite languages. "No one can utter a syllable that is not charged with tenderness and fear; that is not, in one of these languages, the powerful name of a god."

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* Creator/JorgeLuisBorges observes that ''every'' word is TheScottishTrope. In "The Library of Babel," "Literature/TheLibraryOfBabel," the narrator/librarian points out that in the infinite labyrinth he oversees, stuffed with books containing every possible permutation of letters and spaces, any word can be this in one of the Library's infinite languages. "No one can utter a syllable that is not charged with tenderness and fear; that is not, in one of these languages, the powerful name of a god."
12th Jul '16 2:07:36 PM cybertoy0
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** In the "Between The Pines" special, Time Baby tries to invoke this for Bill, but Alex Hirsche ignores him;
-->'''Time Baby:''' He is a threat to the universe! His name must not be spoken aloud, Alex!\\
'''Alex Hirsche:''' Bill…\\
'''Time Baby:''' Seriously?
28th Jun '16 7:15:30 AM honkgamzeehonk
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* Many soccer fans in Germany will not utter the actual name of a team they hate. To fans of Schalke 04 and Borussia Dortmund the other team is Lüdenscheid-Nord and Herne-West respectively, to fans of Nuremberg rival and neighboring town Fürth is Westvorstadt (Western suburb, a strange name for a city of 100 000) and to everybody who dislikes Red Bull Leipzig they are simply "Dosen" (cans) due to their sponsorship deal

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* Many soccer fans in Germany will not utter the actual name of a team they hate. To fans of Schalke 04 and Borussia Dortmund the other team is Lüdenscheid-Nord and Herne-West respectively, to fans of Nuremberg rival and neighboring town Fürth is Westvorstadt (Western suburb, a strange name for a city of 100 000) and to 000.) Also, everybody who dislikes Red Bull Leipzig they are RB Leipzig simply call them "Dosen" (cans) or "Lawnball" (the literal translation of "Rassenball," what the RB technically stands for in its name) due to their sponsorship dealdeal by Red Bull.
28th Jun '16 7:12:29 AM honkgamzeehonk
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* Many soccer fans in Germany will not utter the actual name of a team they loath. To Fans of Schalke and Dortmund the other team is Lüdenscheid and Herne respectively, to fans of Nuremberg rival and neighboring town Fürth is Westvorstadt (Western suburb, a strange name for a city of 100 000) and to everybody who dislikes Red Bull Leipzig they are simply "Dosen" (cans) due to their sponsorship deal

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* Many soccer fans in Germany will not utter the actual name of a team they loath. hate. To Fans fans of Schalke 04 and Borussia Dortmund the other team is Lüdenscheid Lüdenscheid-Nord and Herne Herne-West respectively, to fans of Nuremberg rival and neighboring town Fürth is Westvorstadt (Western suburb, a strange name for a city of 100 000) and to everybody who dislikes Red Bull Leipzig they are simply "Dosen" (cans) due to their sponsorship deal
12th Jun '16 3:27:50 AM radiaki
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** Actually, "break a leg" comes from the time when retired sailors were employed as stage hands due to the ease with which they handled pulling ropes. The rope that opened and closed the curtains was, for some nautical reason, called the "leg", so to break a leg meant that the curtain had been opened and closed way too many times, probably in quick succession - which is what happens when you get a lot of curtain calls. Wishing an actor to break a leg is wishing them such a good performance that they take a shitload of curtain calls (although there are about a dozen competing origin stories for this superstition, and this is but one of them).
5th Jun '16 6:30:22 PM wrestlingdog909
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** DoubleSubverted in Theatre/{{Hamilton}}. In the song "Take A Break," Hamilton quotes Macbeth, then sings "I trust you'll note the reference to another Scottish tragedy without me having to name the play." [[TemptingFate He then immediately refers to himself as Macbeth]]. As many fans have pointed out, after this song, everything in Hamilton's life goes to shit. [[spoiler: Hamilton cheats on his wife, is blackmailed for years by both his lover's husband and then by Jefferson & Madison, loses his job when Washington leaves office, is the subject of a sex scandal when his affair is leaked ([[WhatAnIdiot in a document that he wrote and published, permanently wrecking his prospects]], being estranged from his wife, having his son killed in a duel in his honor, and ultimately being killed in a duel himself.]]

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** DoubleSubverted in Theatre/{{Hamilton}}. In the song "Take A Break," Hamilton quotes Macbeth, then sings "I trust you'll note understand the reference to another Scottish tragedy without me having to name the play." [[TemptingFate He then immediately refers to himself as Macbeth]]. As many fans have pointed out, after this song, everything in Hamilton's life goes to shit. [[spoiler: Hamilton cheats on his wife, is blackmailed for years by both his lover's husband and then by Jefferson & Madison, loses his job when Washington leaves office, is the subject of a sex scandal when his affair is leaked ([[WhatAnIdiot in a document that he wrote and published, permanently wrecking his prospects]], being estranged from his wife, having his son killed in a duel in his honor, and ultimately being killed in a duel himself.]]
5th Jun '16 6:28:16 PM wrestlingdog909
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** DoubleSubverted in Theatre/{{Hamilton}}. In the song "Take A Break," Hamilton quotes Macbeth, then sings "I trust you'll note the reference to another Scottish tragedy without me having to name the play." [[TemptingFate He then immediately refers to himself as Macbeth]]. As many fans have pointed out, after this song, everything in Hamilton's life goes to shit. [[spoiler: Hamilton cheats on his wife, is blackmailed for years by both his lover's husband and then by Jefferson & Madison, loses his job when Washington leaves office, is the subject of a sex scandal when his affair is leaked ([[WhatAnIdiot in a document that he wrote and published, permanently wrecking his prospects]], being estranged from his wife, having his son killed in a duel in his honor, and ultimately being killed in a duel himself.]]
20th May '16 3:13:58 AM erforce
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* ''TabletopGame/MagicTheGathering'': While it's not universally considered bad luck to do it, you'd better not speak [[spoiler:Yawgmoth]]'s true name when you have so many euphemisms. [[Film/{{Ghostbusters}} It would]] be bad. Some fans, particularly [[RootingForTheEmpire Phyrexian symphathisers]], have taken up this custom.

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* ''TabletopGame/MagicTheGathering'': While it's not universally considered bad luck to do it, you'd better not speak [[spoiler:Yawgmoth]]'s true name when you have so many euphemisms. [[Film/{{Ghostbusters}} [[Film/{{Ghostbusters 1984}} It would]] be bad. Some fans, particularly [[RootingForTheEmpire Phyrexian symphathisers]], have taken up this custom.
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