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Not Aye again and other overused words
« on: October 21, 2018, 10:28:51 PM »
Is the word Aye overused by author’s?


What word are you bored of seeing?

I know Erikson is fond of the word ochre a little too much
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Re: Not Aye again
« Reply #1 on: October 22, 2018, 02:07:51 AM »
The first one I ever noticed was in Dune. I loved the book and read it aloud to my wife. Only when I read it aloud did I notice how many times he had characters bark. Barking orders, mostly, but it got to where I would edit on the fly and just say "said" or "ordered".

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Re: Not Aye again
« Reply #2 on: October 22, 2018, 04:54:11 AM »
I do remember reading a book once that invented some fun slang for the world, but then used it so often that the shine wore off within two pages. Sprinkle the unusual stuff sparingly!

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Re: Not Aye again
« Reply #3 on: October 22, 2018, 06:43:44 AM »
I just came across "aye savvy?" in Red Seas and Red Skies a few days ago. Are you reading my mind again, Eclipse?  ;D

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Re: Not Aye again
« Reply #4 on: October 22, 2018, 03:44:31 PM »
I say Aye all the time, but then I (aye?  :o ) would. It's definitely weird to me that it seems to be used so much in fantasy. I notice it particularly in North American writers' books - maybe they think it's commonly used throughout the UK, so it makes the dialogue read more 'natural' to them? To me it is either Scottish dialect or a pirate caricature. So not so bad in, say, Red Seas Under Red Skies.
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Re: Not Aye again
« Reply #5 on: October 22, 2018, 05:45:20 PM »
It's definitely weird to me that it seems to be used so much in fantasy. (...) To me it is either Scottish dialect or a pirate caricature. So not so bad in, say, Red Seas Under Red Skies.
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Re: Not Aye again
« Reply #6 on: October 22, 2018, 08:40:06 PM »
I just finished Herman Wouk's The Caine Mutiny in which "aye" is used often. It never felt wrong, mainly because it was U.S. Navy.

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Re: Not Aye again
« Reply #7 on: October 22, 2018, 08:50:01 PM »
Isn't "yes" a relatively modern word? Maybe it's just trying to avoid anachronistic language?

I know from reading Patrick O'Brian that "aye" and "yes" have different uses in a naval context: "Aye" is acknowledging an order, and "yes" is answering a question; but that's probably not what's going on in a typical fantasy novel.

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Re: Not Aye again
« Reply #8 on: October 22, 2018, 09:44:27 PM »
I was using it in a work (I've long since altered that beyond all recognition), but it was only one character that said it, so it was sort of one of his 'things'. Not sure at this stage if/when I use the character again whether or not he'll continue to say it.
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Re: Not Aye again
« Reply #9 on: April 03, 2020, 10:06:46 AM »
Peachwood sword @Bender   ;)
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Re: Not Aye again and other overused words
« Reply #10 on: April 03, 2020, 11:22:10 AM »
Well I live and work in Scotland, so I hear, and use, Aye quite a lot. Though not as much as wee. Wee is perfect. Much better word than "Small". Plus "Weeer" is brilliant and lots of fun.

Mostly I use Aye in surprise or strong approval. Using it to mean flat out "yes" all the time would be weird.

I don't mind it. I don't feel like authors broadly misuse words. Maybe because I'm picky about what I read and if an author is using the same words too often to the point of it being noticeable, I'll drop the book.
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Re: Not Aye again and other overused words
« Reply #11 on: April 03, 2020, 11:43:48 AM »
Well I live and work in Scotland, so I hear, and use, Aye quite a lot. Though not as much as wee. Wee is perfect. Much better word than "Small". Plus "Weeer" is brilliant and lots of fun.
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« Reply #12 on: April 03, 2020, 03:46:36 PM »
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« Reply #13 on: April 03, 2020, 05:10:04 PM »
Is the word Aye overused by author’s?

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Re: Not Aye again and other overused words
« Reply #14 on: April 03, 2020, 11:59:47 PM »
Well I live and work in Scotland, so I hear, and use, Aye quite a lot. Though not as much as wee. Wee is perfect. Much better word than "Small". Plus "Weeer" is brilliant and lots of fun.
I love 'wee' ;D
Kiwi’s seem to use the word ‘wee’ as well.
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