Created By: ekolis on December 10, 2012

Applied Phlebotinium

No, it's not "magic". Such a mundane term! In our reality it's called "madgicke".

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A combination of Xtreme Kool Letterz and Psmythe Psyndrome, Applied Phlebotinium (note the added "i", as in the British spelling of "aluminium") is what you get when creators, in an attempt to be original, invent alternate spellings for common words, especially ones related to science or magic. Examples include Warhammer's "orks" and Master of Orion's "phasors", though the latter could be considered a subversion, as "phasor" is a mathematical term predating Star Trek's "phasers".
Community Feedback Replies: 12
  • December 10, 2012
    Two examples:

    • Septimus Heap: The books themselves have "Magykal" titles (Magyk, Flyte, Physik, etc.)
    • Leviathan refers to Klopp as a "master of mechaniks."
  • December 10, 2012
    I gotta say, this is a terrible trope name, as it has little to do with the trope itself and you picked the letter most likely for people to gloss over.

    I'm pretty sure we have this. Look up the tropes related to Call A Rabbit A Smeerp and Spell My Name With An S.
  • December 10, 2012
    This is quite possibly the most ill-advised idea for a trope name ever. I get where you're going, but... no, not going to work out well.

    Anyway, I think this is the same as Phantasy Spelling. You could look into improving/broadening that, since it's not as commonly used as you'd expect.
  • December 10, 2012
    I thought for sure we had this as a trope name already.... or maybe I'm just thinking one that's very similar.
  • December 10, 2012
    Yes, we also already have Magick as a subtrope of Phantasy Spelling.
  • December 10, 2012
    Yeah, I guess it is a bad name, but that's what YKTTW is for, right? :)

    Cool, didn't realize we already had Phantasy Spelling!
  • December 10, 2012
    Though actually, Phantasy Spelling really seems focused on fantasy to the exclusion of science fiction, while Call A Rabbit A Smeerp involves coming up with completely different names for things (as opposed to altering existing names slightly), and Spell My Name With An S really applies to characters, not concepts or objects... maybe we just need a different name for this one? Or expand the definition of one of the others?
  • December 10, 2012
    "phelibotinum" was a bad trope name to start with. It will be changed eventually, or at least challenged in the repair shop if I have something to say about it.
  • December 10, 2012
    The "gag" is that this article spells it phebotinIUM instead of phlebotinUM? Weak.
  • December 10, 2012
    perhaps spleling things diffidently for a name
  • December 11, 2012
    This is the exact same as Phantasy Spelling.
  • December 11, 2012
    Agreed. Also, the name is an absolutely terrible snowclone. Motion to discard.