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Subject: QOTD MAR 8: What is your favorite magic word? rss

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"Ala Peanut Butter Sandwiches" was a bizarre one I remember from my childhood.

Sesame Street's Amazing Mumford, I believe?


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Though honestly, if I'm using a magic user in an RPG, I prefer to create my own magic words!

When my partner played the wizard in the D&D5 Starter Set adventure, her favourite magic formula when casting the Ray of Frost cantrip was "Adiabatic Expansion!"
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fubfubfub wrote:
adularia25 wrote:
Though honestly, if I'm using a magic user in an RPG, I prefer to create my own magic words!

When my partner played the wizard in the D&D5 Starter Set adventure, her favourite magic formula when casting the Ray of Frost cantrip was "Adiabatic Expansion!"


Thermodynamics still is magic to most engineering students ...
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"Ananasakäämä" by Timo Taikuri, the magician of Finland's most popular children's show. He was not unlike Mario:

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adularia25 wrote:

Though honestly, if I'm using a magic user in an RPG, I prefer to create my own magic words!


This is something that my DM encouraged us to do for my main 5e game and I couldn't be happier. For each spell, I have specific verbal and somatic components. It makes the gameplay so much richer to say "Huzzah" and do some finger guns towards the dm than to just be like "Magic Missle for 10 damage." Most of my magic words are just bastardized latin because they sound magical enough without being too alien.
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fubfubfub wrote:
adularia25 wrote:
Though honestly, if I'm using a magic user in an RPG, I prefer to create my own magic words!

When my partner played the wizard in the D&D5 Starter Set adventure, her favourite magic formula when casting the Ray of Frost cantrip was "Adiabatic Expansion!"


There is a spell in 2nd edition AD&D (Tome of Magic, I believe) called "There/Not There." It's a spell that makes an item appear to be present for 50% of spellcasters and not present for 50% of spellcasters.

The material component is a small piece of cat fur sealed in an iron box.
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avada kedavra worth a mention. Dunno if it was intended, but I think it is smart how it sounds like abrakadabra. As though this spell was so infamous in the wizarding world, that it bled into the muggle culture, and now thouasands of children's party magicians are unknowingly almost saying killing curses


Agreed on all points; 'avada kedavra' gets honorable mention for sure. Fairly certain it was intentional; Rowling is genius for that sort of light-touch wordplay (see also 'Gobbledegook' as the name of the language of goblins).
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dmz2112 wrote:
'TCELES B HSUP'

cmdaltgamer wrote:
avada kedavra worth a mention. Dunno if it was intended, but I think it is smart how it sounds like abrakadabra. As though this spell was so infamous in the wizarding world, that it bled into the muggle culture, and now thouasands of children's party magicians are unknowingly almost saying killing curses


Agreed on all points; 'avada kedavra' gets honorable mention for sure. Fairly certain it was intentional; Rowling is genius for that sort of light-touch wordplay (see also 'Gobbledegook' as the name of the language of goblins).


I don’t think the term gobbledygook or its association with goblins is due to JKR either ...
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philip.dutre wrote:
I don’t think the term gobbledygook or its association with goblins is due to JKR either ...


If you can find a definitive earlier use in this context, I'd be grateful to see it.
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dmz2112 wrote:
philip.dutre wrote:
I don’t think the term gobbledygook or its association with goblins is due to JKR either ...


If you can find a definitive earlier use in this context, I'd be grateful to see it.


Simply do an etymology search. The first few google hits already give you some useful pointers. Apparantly the term was coined in 1946, lthough there was probably not a connection with goblins yet ;-)

There was a comic named `gobbledigook’ involving a goblin which was published in White Dwarf during the 80s.
http://realmofchaos80s.blogspot.com/2012/06/warhammers-comic...
Linking ‘gobbledigook’ with ‘goblins’ was trivial to games workshop fans during that area.

I’m not saying JKR ‘stole’ the idea, but she was definitely not the first to make that association.
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philip.dutre wrote:
dmz2112 wrote:
philip.dutre wrote:
I don’t think the term gobbledygook or its association with goblins is due to JKR either ...


If you can find a definitive earlier use in this context, I'd be grateful to see it.


Simply do an etymology search. The first few google hits already give you some useful pointers. Apparantly the term was coined in 1946, lthough there was probably not a connection with goblins yet ;-)

There was a comic named `gobbledigook’ involving a goblin which was published in White Dwarf during the 80s.
http://realmofchaos80s.blogspot.com/2012/06/warhammers-comic...
Linking ‘gobbledigook’ with ‘goblins’ was trivial to games workshop fans during that area.

I’m not saying JKR ‘stole’ the idea, but she was definitely not the first to make that association.


The association is, as you say, trivial. I'm specifically referring to its use as the name of a species language for goblins.

For clarity, I'm not interested because I'm trying to defend Rowling's genius; I'm interested from a game development standpoint. I have /shamelessly/ lifted this concept from the Potterverse in my own work and would love to find out that I am less shameless.
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