February 22, 2018, 04:41:48 PM

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Re: Fantasy word choice funtime
« Reply #30 on: February 06, 2018, 06:28:55 AM »
What's an archaic word for a sweatshop?

If particularly for women, consider "workhouse"?

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Re: Fantasy word choice funtime
« Reply #31 on: February 09, 2018, 03:38:40 AM »
OK stumped again-- what's a medieval word for "vacation"

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« Reply #32 on: February 09, 2018, 03:41:24 AM »
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« Reply #33 on: February 09, 2018, 03:45:44 AM »
I bet you were serious. Sorry. ;)

So, no such word. There was festival, in all its variations, but "vacation" has the specific connotation of not only knocking off work (which most were able to do for festival) but also going somewhere other than home. A week away. That wasn't done. Also, note that a feast/festival/carnival refers to the event itself, not to the person attending.

Now, a pilgrimage could be worked, for those so inclined. Especially by 1500 or so there were plenty of folks who headed off to a (European) pilgrimage site and managed to do sightseeing and even a bit of carousing along the way. But it was still called a pilgrimage, however lightly the pilgrim might take it.

That's about as close as I can come.
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Re: Fantasy word choice funtime
« Reply #34 on: February 09, 2018, 05:55:15 AM »

So like a prince is a wannabe wizard and his dad the king is like "no" and forcibly has his come home to take a break from his training, pretending it's a... vacation? recess? sabbatical?

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« Reply #35 on: February 09, 2018, 05:57:15 AM »
In a lot of situations it would innclude a visit to an important religious site, in which case the entire thing could be called a pilgrimage.
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« Reply #36 on: February 09, 2018, 09:47:10 AM »
In the UK we normally use 'holiday' instead of 'vacation'. I believe holiday is a corruption of holy day, so the religious theme would be quite apt.

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« Reply #37 on: February 09, 2018, 10:18:02 AM »
Pretending that his mother is sick. Come home, son, before she croaks.

  No need for vacation at all!
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« Reply #38 on: February 09, 2018, 10:20:15 AM »
His mother's already dead. Also its a phrase used by the King to his son-- his son wants to stay the king doesn't want him there.

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« Reply #39 on: February 09, 2018, 10:27:59 AM »
Does he have some sort of activity for the son? Like an enforced Grand Tour?

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« Reply #40 on: February 09, 2018, 10:30:32 AM »
No he's kinda on house arrest to make sure he doesn't go back to training.

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« Reply #41 on: February 09, 2018, 10:49:52 AM »
His mother's already dead. Also its a phrase used by the King to his son-- his son wants to stay the king doesn't want him there.

His mother came back from the dead! Come see her! Oh, whoops, yeah you can’t go back. You need to go pilgrimage to... the dark lands and bring her back.

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« Reply #42 on: February 09, 2018, 10:52:21 AM »
Advanced education always has times of recess. A break from study so the student comes back fresh and enthusiastic. Is it the end of term/semester?

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Re: Fantasy word choice funtime
« Reply #43 on: February 09, 2018, 11:38:11 AM »
Eh, if it's the King who wants someone sent way, he can just send them away. Doesn't need a reason. Or he can give whatever reason. I'm partial to Calvin's dad's constant argument in Calvin & Hobbes: "It builds character."
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« Reply #44 on: February 10, 2018, 09:29:43 AM »
If it's taking time away from a duty, perhaps "leave of absence"?