||Topic: Bonehoard bones and what "taffer"
| posted March 08, 1999 08:25 AM
The one you have all been waiting for!
Taffer means joker,
trickster, idiot or jester and is an old Saxon word.
Now that I've earned my anorak, could someone PLEASE tell me
where all the golden bones are? I have only been able to find the
skull, two arms and a leg. Is there a rib cage? Where's the other
leg? And what happens when you put them in the coffin?
| posted March 08, 1999 09:55 AM
Did you check in the water? I found a golden bone floating in the
| posted March 08, 1999 09:55 AM
Only 2 legs, 2 arms, 1 skull.
The arms are in the water, and next to the stairs. The legs are
in the room with 4 sleeping Zombies (at least in expert difficulty
are 4 of them), and next to the skull. Since you found already the
skull, I think you found the nearby leg, too.
Maybe next to the stairs is one leg instead than the arm, or in
the room with 4 Zombies, or whatnot. But the locations are
| posted March 08, 1999 10:01 AM
Oh so THAT was what I saw floating in the water from high above in
(Actually, I think was an arm that I was short, not a leg.)
Thanks a lot!
| posted March 08, 1999 11:12 AM
What purpose do the golden bones serve?
| posted March 08, 1999 11:17 AM
Nevermind, I found the answer with some searching. Sorry.
| posted March 08, 1999 04:12 PM
"Old Saxon"??? I guess you mean Old English/Anglo Saxon. Just where
exactly did you find that information? Or did you just make that up?
Those who ha' w' Garrett bled
| posted March 08, 1999 07:44 PM
Actually, if Octopus meant to say Saxon and not Anglo-Saxon, then
he's talking about a really old language. Before the 5th
century there were 3 Germanic peoples: The Angles, the Jutes, and
the Saxons. In the 5th century AD they combined to form the
Anglo-Saxons, then entered and conquered England.
as far as I know, there aren't any written records left by the
Saxons, but I could be wrong.
| posted March 09, 1999 03:26 AM
Oh how I really wanted to make a joke about 3 Germanic people
suddenly combining. But it's really early in the morning and I just
know I'd regret it later.
Consider yourself spared by a remarkable moment of restraint
| posted March 09, 1999 03:28 AM
Tanks Pilfer, Aye means it.
Hist and Ho
| posted March 09, 1999 04:13 AM
heehee... ditto, caddy. I fear only that I don't have the
self-restraint to keep myself from making poor attempts at jokes
when exhausted due to stupidity; you're all just lucky that I lack
the creativity at this point to come up with anything plausible.
BigJ? Don't get Kyloe started... heehee...
| posted March 09, 1999 06:28 AM
Stop taffing, people!
I have no idea where "taffer" originated from, it sounds more
like gaelic than saxon to me in that respect.
It's most widespread use, however, comes from late Anglo-Saxon
texts 8th - 11th Century, such as the A.S. Chronicle (can't remember
where, too long since I did this stuff). Apparently it survived into
the medeival era. Even today the word "taffy" survives which is,
depeding on which side of the Atlantic you live, some sort of edible
plastic explosive with about as much taste, or a pejorative term for
a Welsh person.
| posted March 09, 1999 06:29 AM
1500 years is not really old for a language. Latin and Old Greek
have been in use for at least twice the time. But you are right,
there's hardly anything written left, mainly copies from later
centuries. These were after all The Dark Ages.
The tribes did not combine to conquer Britain. The Saxons had
been raiding the coast for more than 100 years, when the Britons
invited Anglian mercenaries to help them fight against the Picts and
the Scots in the north. In return they were given an island in the
south-east, but they sent message home, saying "land is good,
Britons are cowards, send more troops" (according to 8th century
From then on more and more settlers came and
gradually took over the country.
But I'm still curious about your sources, Octopus. I'm pretty
sure that Taffer is not modern Saxon.
Hy ša sendon to angle heton sendon mara fultum. 7 heton heom
secgan brytwalana nahtscipe. 7 žes landes cysta.
They then sent
to anglen ordered send more help. & ordered them say britons'
cowardice. & the land's goodness.
| posted March 09, 1999 06:33 AM
So I got my answer even before asking.
| posted March 09, 1999 07:41 AM
that was cool!!! can you say it backwards? anyway taffer must be
related to what octapus says cause if you listen to what the guards
in ramirezs's'z''sh palace entrance say you hear one saying "he is
taffing you!" like he means "he is talking the piss..." now if that
is saxon or whatever ... beautiful Laura (boojum boom bujoom or
whatever) must have the answer...
| posted March 09, 1999 08:12 AM
I've mentioned this before but 'Taffer' to describe a petty thief is
still in everyday use in various regions around Britain. ie, 'The
Black Country' in the West Midlands there are quite a few very old
words that are still used.. You only have to go into a locals pub
and listen to some old bloke babbling on in his regionalised dialect
to realise that they are talking a completely different language.
These guys would give Cadfael a run for his money
| posted March 09, 1999 09:28 AM
By the way, where are ES and Boojum? I haven't seen them on the
board in a long time. Where'd you go??? Come back! Please!