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Author Topic:   Bonehoard bones and what "taffer" means.
Octopus
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posted March 08, 1999 08:25 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Octopus     Edit Message
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?

jdsmith
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posted March 08, 1999 09:55 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for jdsmith   Click Here to Email jdsmith     Edit Message
Did you check in the water? I found a golden bone floating in the water.

Lytha
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posted March 08, 1999 09:55 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Lytha   Click Here to Email Lytha     Edit Message
No rips.

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 correct.

Octopus
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posted March 08, 1999 10:01 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Octopus     Edit Message
Oh so THAT was what I saw floating in the water from high above in the vaults...

(Actually, I think was an arm that I was short, not a leg.)

Thanks a lot!

cjoshuav
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posted March 08, 1999 11:12 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for cjoshuav   Click Here to Email cjoshuav     Edit Message
What purpose do the golden bones serve?

cjoshuav
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posted March 08, 1999 11:17 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for cjoshuav   Click Here to Email cjoshuav     Edit Message
Nevermind, I found the answer with some searching. Sorry.

Kyloe
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posted March 08, 1999 04:12 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Kyloe   Click Here to Email Kyloe     Edit Message
"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?

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BigJ
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posted March 08, 1999 07:44 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for BigJ   Click Here to Email BigJ     Edit Message
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.

Of course, as far as I know, there aren't any written records left by the Saxons, but I could be wrong.

Pilfer
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posted March 09, 1999 03:26 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Pilfer     Edit Message
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

Cadfael
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posted March 09, 1999 03:28 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Cadfael   Click Here to Email Cadfael     Edit Message
Tanks Pilfer, Aye means it.

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redEye
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posted March 09, 1999 04:13 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for redEye   Click Here to Email redEye     Edit Message
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.
And BigJ? Don't get Kyloe started... heehee...

-redEye

Octopus
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posted March 09, 1999 06:28 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Octopus     Edit Message
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.

Kyloe
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posted March 09, 1999 06:29 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Kyloe   Click Here to Email Kyloe     Edit Message
Too late!

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 propaganda).
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.

-Kyloe

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.

Kyloe
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posted March 09, 1999 06:33 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Kyloe   Click Here to Email Kyloe     Edit Message
So I got my answer even before asking.

lothril
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posted March 09, 1999 07:41 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for lothril   Click Here to Email lothril     Edit Message
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...

RGL
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posted March 09, 1999 08:12 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for RGL   Click Here to Email RGL     Edit Message
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 allright.

JordanCS
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posted March 09, 1999 09:28 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for JordanCS   Click Here to Email JordanCS     Edit Message
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!

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