02:38:39 PM Jun 1st 2016
The examples on here are pretty mixed - there are "A writer having characters invoking gods that neither the (presumed Western mono- or atheistic) writers nor the target audience believe in," which seems to be the trope purpose. Then there are examples (in "Real Life") of European languages with words that invoke gods those regions used to worship centuries ago, but the words stuck after Christians took over. (which I guess belongs here if anywhere on this wiki, though it's not exactly a fiction thing). If it's meant to just be "swear-like invocations of gods other than the Judeo-Christian one," maybe clean up the stuff that implies that any real-life example is simply a geek/modern thing, because polytheistic traditions do still exist in real life. If this trope fits a "real life" section at all (as opposed to just being "Mono/atheist author's wink-wink laugh at the idea of polytheism,") , does anyone want to add things about the "swears" used in polytheistic cultures - both historic and modern ones would be interesting...
03:44:36 AM Jun 26th 2015
Can someone determine which dialect of Gaelic has the greeting that literally translates to "God be with you" and add it to the Real Life example given? It's either Irish or Manx, as Scots uses 'Ciamar a tha thu?', which is literally 'how are you?', or simply 'Ciamar' (much like 'morning' compared to 'good motning to you')
06:16:17 PM Feb 16th 2014
I'm not sure if this counts, so I'm adding it here: Literature (and Film): A Clockwork Orange's narrator, Alex, uses "Bog" instead of "God" (e.g. "Bog and all his holy angels"). The reason I'm not sure if this actually counts is because this is Gratuitous Russian by way of the invented slang used throughout the novel.
11:39:13 PM Feb 16th 2014
I would put that under Gratuitous Russian, unless "bog" means "gods" in Russian.
02:06:49 AM Dec 21st 2012
Does anyone have a source on "Juno's twat"? Because I'm going through a lot of vulgar Latin words coupled with "Iunonis" both before and after, and I'm getting nothing on Google. Are you sure this isn't just something gleaned from Rome?