Summer Camp Article and Idiom Dictionary
Final Summer Camp Article Count: 42/42(!! I honestly didn't expect to do this, but I took down the last three in a fit of insomnia.)
The RestNow I'm going to list all 42 articles (!!!) and the associated idioms I promised in 2023 Summer Camp Homework. I do think this is one of my best summer camps. What I like most about writing articles in three different worlds is that someone following the articles closely will see how they are connected. BTW, I was too lazy to write out the full prompt titles, but I'm sure you'll follow. ;)
This Minor Continent nation is notably split in half by the Hunter Mountains
Associated Idiom In Florarova, Mountain Dreams are dreams that are unlikely or impossible. This comes from Diamondheart's failure to effectively conquer the Hunter Mountains. He thinks he's going to get famous, but those are just mountain dreams.
Seat of Power
Zenxon's capital is a perfect microcosm of the nation's internal conflicts
Associated Idiom Stone is sometimes used as a derogatory term among sprites to describe humans or things of human make. Why you looking at her man? She's all stone.
Resource Providing Fuel or Power
The sprites of Zenxon have long born an important relationship with the trees.
Associated Idiom Return to the trees is a sprite euphemism for death. Everyone returns to the trees eventually.
Animal Associated with Power
Known as a formiddable hunter, this bird is the national symbol of Florarova
Associated Idiom In Florarova, keelan eagle can also refer to a powerful and/or determined person. Trust me, he's perfect for the company--a real keelan eagle
Culture that has Suffered Under a Stronger Nation
Associated Idiom take out stitches is a relatively new phrase among the Dhadiz, referring to Jadinth censorship. It likely rose up as a way to discuss the problem without being understood by outsiders. Aronas told me he's going to have to take out the stitches in his history class next year
Conflict Between Unequal Powers
Associated Idiom Posy cheeked originally referred to the rings of rash that is a common symptom of the Virion disease. Unfortunately, it is increasingly used by the Jadinth to refer to the Dhadiz in general. You're not getting sick, are you? You look a little posy cheeked.
Title and Responsibilities of an Important Person
Associated Idiom Approval of the grey or grey approval refers to something a procellus supports, especially when it is not supported by other religious or political leaders. It won't be long before that changes. It already has the approval of the grey.
The disease that cut Milon off from its colonies.
Asscoiated Idiom Locker room is a colloquial expression in Melzi referring to a quarantine location. This did not arise out of their similarity to early locker rooms, but to early quarantine rooms locking patients in with no exit. Don't you dare send me to one of them locker rooms! I am not sick!
A Mischevious Species
Associated Idiom Flying flowers is not only a colloquial term for the marsh wader, but also a reference to something taken as a sign. She was thinking about moving, and losing her job was her flying flowers.
Popular Summer Tradition Involving Art and Creativity
Associated Idiom Because the keelan eagle is the natural predator of the tufted marsh wader, it is sometimes used in Dekani to describe someone who doesn't want to have fun. You're being a real keelan eagle right now.
Unclaimed, Unregulated, or Lawless Region
Associated Idiom On the Minor Continent, rivers are a symbol of trade. Economists refer to the river of trade and to meet at the river means to make a trade or a compromise. We disagreed, but we were able to meet at the river.
Settlement at the Limits of the "Known" or "Civilized" World
Associated Idiom Donkey Day refers to any day that traders come from another town. This refers to the use of donkeys, rather than cars, as the main form of transport among the Huxoth.You promised me a new dress come Donkey Day
Job that Takes its Practitioners to Remote or Far Away Places
The most prestigious position among the Seers is also the most dangerous
Associated Idiom Fasting from food and water is not only believed to help bring on visions of death, but also means you die quickly if your Mistwalk fails. Therefore, to eat before a Mistwalk refers to a form of self-sabotage. Don't do it. You'll be eating before a mistwalk.
Animal Found in a Non-Populated Area
It doesn't hurt to have a healthy respect for these omnivorous sea turtles
Asscoiated Idiom Because painted turtles have a high metabolism, having a turtle's metabolism is sometimes used to refer to voracious eaters. I thought we would have leftovers for dinner, but my son has a turtle's metabolism, and he ate them all for lunch!
Useful Plant From a Wild Area
Though it grows only in areas of volcanic activity, the "Ash" tree or Goddess tree is an important part of Pelan culture
Associated Idiom Among the Pelan, to literally or metaphorically color something purple is to make it holy. The people of Mocrioca colored Cornelia Pembrooke purple.
Material From a Dangerous Location
Associated Idiom Due to lume discoloring their skin, the Pelan have sometimes been called the purple people. What do you call an Ethite cannibal who eats his Pelan neighbors? A purple people eater.
Character Driven by Wanderlust
After putting off marriage for nine years, she married... and then traveled some more.
Associated Idiom A Pfieffer Friendship is a relationship in which one or both parties are frequently away for long periods. Though it's often used negatively, to describe someone who is flighty, it can also be used nuetrally, and sometimes depicts very deep relationships between far away friends. Author Melissa Hyatte and actress Molly Taylor are known Pfieffer friends.
Cuisine Form a Remote Region
One of the most popular Huxoth foods, lizard can be served in three ways
Asscoiated Idiom Because lizard tails are often eaten in ceremonies related to divination, lizard dreams are very vivid dreams or dreams which often insight into the future. I fear I had a lizard dream last night.
Iconic Building or Landmark
Florarovan National Temple
One of the most famous buildings in Florarova, the National Temple is the center of Vitnu faith
Associated Idiom While most people use the phrase tie a vote to refer to an equal vote, in Suxad and Florarova, it only means to cast a vote because in early Elvish and Vitnu culture, votes were made by literally tying knots in different pieces of cord. To untie a vote means to ensure something doesn't pass by refusing to vote for it. He went to go tie his vote, and instead untied it!
Letter Sent in Secret
The Luka Nistor Letters
When your magical community is hunting you, communicate in secret.
Associated Idiom Scavengers sometimes send letters on paper that easily dissolve in water. Therefore, to wash your words means to dissolve a letter so no one else can read it. (Similarly, to wash a person is a euphemism for killing them.) Please wash these words after you have read them.
Tradition or Behavior Considered Old Fashioned
Associated Idiom In Ethion, to wear your history on your face is the same as wearing your heart on your sleeve. This comes from how Orthodox Ethites can identify import life events by looking at each other's eyebrow piercings. Of course I know you're upset. You wear your history on your face.
Item of Great Cultural Significance
Associated Idiom In Brek and other places with large Mermish populations, a problem that is howling at the door is imminent. We need to get the car fixed. It's howling at the door.
Ancient City that is Still Inhabited
Associated Idiom In Diamondheart, having a monster in the pond is like having a skeleton in one's closet. This a reference to the mysterious Auras Pond with a binding ring around it. I don't think you should date him. He acts like he's got a monster in the pond.
Historical Figure Still Venerated Today, and Why
Kept prisoner in an enemy land, Queen Merdi eventually escaped to unite her own country.
Associated Idiom In the city of Evering, the phrase curiosity saved Merdi is used as kind of the opposite of curiosity killed the cat. Here, adults try to foster curiosity in children, as it's seen as a way of emulating Merdi. "She asks a lot of questions." "What's wrong with that? Curiosity saved Merdi, you know."
Profession that has been Rendered Obsolete
Associated Idiom When someone has done something very bad (or sometimes, just messed up very badly), it's said that no amount of mourners can save them. You wrecked mom's car? No amount of mourners can save you.
Children's Tale of Song Based on a Real Event
Oath of the Forest
Every sprite child knows they will one day swear an oath to the trees. But they only think they know the reason.
Associated Idiom The Great Destruction is itself a euphemism which refers to an ancient tragedy mentioned in sprite texts. No one knows exactly what the Great Destruction was, but the leading theory is the extinction of the janishbu. There is no evidence of janishbu mentioned anywhere after the Great Destruction, so they probably died in the event.
Species Now Considered Extinct
Associated Idiom Among sprites, the phrase free as a Janishbu rider means the same as free as a bird. School is out, and I am free as a janishbu rider!
Historical Culture Whose Influence is Still Felt
Asscoiated Idiom To be afraid of the Tuirli is a way of saying someone is very superstitious. I know you think it's lucky not to wash your socks, but you're just afraid of the Tuirli. And your feet stink.
Ceremony that Represents Transition
Associated Idiom An outsider who is adopted into a Thisaazhou family and dances in a Thisaashou song circle is known as an invited Thisaazhou. "A Thisaazhou who doesn't practice the Shax'ia faith?" "Well, I was invited."
Rare Natural Phenomenon
Associated Idiom Alajan snow refers to the migration of the white-winged Fire Silk moths from further north or south. We're trying to align our vacation with the Alajan snow
Method to Carry Goods
Associated Idiom As transporting can be very disorienting, the term transportation head refers to being dizzy, lightheaded, or even just confused. I think I should see a doctor. I've got transportation head.
System to Send Messages
Associated Idiom To do something at the speed of Vincent's Binoculars is to do it very quickly. I can pack at the speed of Vincent's Binoculars
Form of Silent Communication
Associated Idiom The term Voiceless is itself an idiom, referring both to the fact that this group of people primarily sign, as well as their lack of voting rights. We are only Voiceless because they made us so
Organization for Which Prosletyzing is Important
Associated Idiom In smaller cities in Diamondheart, the term temple refers to the house of the local clergyman. I stopped by the temple earlier today, but the priest wasn't home.
Species with Unusual Form of Communication
Associated Idiom Due to the perfume plant's foul-smelling orange blossoms, another colloquial name for it is rotten fire. I don't go by their house. They have that rotten fire growing everywhere.
Character Who Excels in Manipulating Others
Determined to return Nefrale's rightful heir to the throne, Mercy Mannik had a plan
Associated Idiom To show someone Mercy's Mercy means to offer someone who has hurt you a chance to work alongside you. Faraday Academy operates on the idea of Mercy's Mercy. A student who would be expelled at another school is instead paired with a mentor and asked for their input on improving the school.
Important Public Announcement
Associated Idiom Janishbu Man is the name given to Alex Moss, who stands near the IAF building with a sign proclaiming the end of the world. These days, the Janishbu Man is just another landmark on my way to work.
Building Associated with Communication
Associated Idiom Because the Selwyn Language Lab was once a bar, the sign for bar in the language has evolved in Selwyn to mean class. In other cities in Melzi, this sign is different.
Character Who Lurks in the Shadows
Associated Idiom When traveling in Alaj, Jo hides her identity by identifying as the River Rat, (the name of her boat) rather than her actual name. I hear the River Rat'll be coming into town tomorrow. Tell her about your son's burial. She'll want to know.
A "Negative" Condition with Hidden Advantages
A condition which makes your visions of the future physically manifest