Speaking Gygaxian English

gary_gygax1Courtesy of Chris Roberson, here’s a fun discussion of D&D creator Gary Gygax’s impact on modern English usage. It’s an intriguing read, and one that got me thinking about how many times I floored grownups as a child with words I’d picked up from D&D manuals. Stands to reason I wasn’t the only sixth grader trotting out words like “diminution,” “vorpal” and “halberd” under the influence of those weighty Gygaxian tomes.

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