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Orlendian Phrases

A collection of common phrases and insults you may hear when visiting The Isles of Orlend.


Common Phrases

Throughout the busy cities and markets of The Isles of Orlend you'll hear many phrases and expressions. Some Folks may be more articulate than others based on their Social Class and it can be hard to decipher some sentences if their accent is very strong or mixed with foriegn nuances.  
Phrase Meaning
"Awrigh?" How are you? / Are you alright? A common passing greeting in Orlend.
"Never look down on someone unless you're admiring their shoes!" A common parenting phrase to remind children not to judge other people.
"Wherezat to?"
Where is it?
"Strange gloat, but fair." To express confusion at why someone would brag or be proud about something so specific.
"Thas'ar lad!" That's our boy! (kin, adopted relative, or friend)
“It’s a god-eat-god world out there.” Times are hard and the world is in chaos. Be careful in your daily life and it might last longer.
"Thassa gert biggun!" That's a great big one!
"Ooh! Ark at ee!" Look at you! / Check you out!
"Rite I'm of'fine summat t'eet." Right, I'm off to find something to eat.
“A bird never flew on one wing.” You've got to put in more effort than that in order to succeeed.

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Organization | Apr 5, 2023

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Dec 8, 2020 12:26 by E. Christopher Clark

Under meaning for "Fancy a pint at The Bearded Clam this afternoon?" I half-expected a final sentence that read simply "Or both."

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Dec 8, 2020 12:56

“It’s a god-eat-god world out there.”
  It really is, isn't it?   Great selection of sayings :)

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Dec 8, 2020 16:50 by Dr Emily Vair-Turnbull

"Strange gloat, but fair." Weird flex, but okay. :D   I love this collection of sayings and insults. I think my favourite is the dead bird stuffed up the flue. That made me choke on my tea. :D

Dec 13, 2020 05:22 by J. Thorne

*ded*   This was every bit as fun as I was expecting. Thas'ar lad! :D

Dec 27, 2020 16:14 by Tiirikka

Insults were particularly clever and humorous. I love it.

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Jan 8, 2021 18:26 by Diane Morrison

So I have a question. This culture clearly has some racism, so it would be consistent, but is this culture as sexist as its dialect implies? We have three insults out of ten listed that refer to female genitalia, and there appears to be no feminine equivalent to "Thas'ar lad!" Do people not compliment girls, women, and non-binary folk (if this culture acknowledges them, which it probably doesn't and that's fair) for doing something cool?

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Jan 9, 2021 10:58 by TJ Trewin

Good call! Thanks for pointing out how this might come across :D I definitely need to add some more examples to balance things out

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