The ‘Ye Olde’ in Epic Fantasy: 5 Archaisms Explained

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The other day I found myself explaining the word ‘wont’ to someone. Not the contraction ‘won’t’, but rather its apostrophe-less unrelated twin:

Wont
adjective: accustomed, used, given, inclined. e.g. “As he was wont to do”
— New Oxford American Dictionary

In other words, the one almost no-one usesI believe I was attempting to add a vaguely historical flourish to a comment I was making. Unfortunately the person I was speaking to was German, and wont turned out to be a word they hadn’t yet added to their English vocabulary (can’t blame them really).

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Lightsabers and Blackouts

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We almost look forward to power outages in my house, because we have a tradition.

It started a couple of years ago. A thunderstorm plunged large parts of Brisbane into darkness for several hours. We’re in the subtropics here, so this is not unusual. Enthusiastic storms are always keen to down a few power lines. I’ve seen distinctly Independence Day-style cloud fronts roll toward my house, so dark and spattered with lightning that I felt sure the alien spaceship was going to burst through any second. Continue reading