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A name for those who are born to a witch

Discussion in 'World Building' started by Tonysaurus, Mar 23, 2018.

  1. Tonysaurus

    Tonysaurus New Member

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    I'm working on a project and I need a cool way to refer to those who are born to a witch. I tried with "Witchlings" but not being an english native speaker I'm struggling to figure out if this could be a proper word for that definition.
    Any suggestion would be apreciated, specially if it is made up of "witch" followed by a sufix, so it is just one word.

    Thank you very much!


    Edit: I don't want the word to be gender specific. Does "witchling" sound feminine?
     
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  2. FatCat

    FatCat Maester

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    Doesn't matter, if your writing supports the noun then all is good. Trivial questions support trivial results, amigo .
     
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  3. CupofJoe

    CupofJoe Myth Weaver

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    "Witchling" sounds okay to me. The ending "-ling" has a diminutive and gentle feel to me. It would be hard for me to think of anything big or dangerous being called "-ling".
    The image I get is of 4-5-year-old children running around and laughing.
     
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  4. FifthView

    FifthView Istar

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    Witchling sounds fine to me as well.

    You could play with different words, depending on who is speaking. If you have a group in your story hostile to witches, they might use "Witchbrood" or "Witchspawn" instead, whereas the witches (or those friendly to witches) might say witchling.

    You might try looking for synonyms for offspring, see if that inspires some new ideas. I did that today after reading your post and came up with some I might like for a story of my own (if the need ever arises), like: Witchwhelp, Whelpwitch, Fledgewitch, Witchmite....heh. These are a tongue-full [sp?], and they have various connotations that might not be useful to you, but the idea inspired me.
     
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  5. Queshire

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    Witchling works. So does Witchborn, Witchblood, Witchboy/Witchgirl depending on their bits, etc and so on.
     
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  6. pmmg

    pmmg Auror

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    Well, the obvious answer would be a child right? What others may call them might be different depending on who is affixing the label. 'Devil Child' might be a term that got used. But that might be over playing the question. Witchling is fine. Maybe you could make up a name, like Wuggles, as a way to refer to those who were not blessed with the challenges of being non-magical human types.
     
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  7. Tonysaurus

    Tonysaurus New Member

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    I apreciate your answers. You really helped me.
    Thank you very much!
     
  8. shangrila

    shangrila Inkling

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    Witchkin is another that'd work.
     
  9. Witchlet. Just joking. I'd probably go with Witchling, come to think of it.
     
  10. Steerpike

    Steerpike Felis amatus Moderator

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    Witch-get. That would seem to me to have a derogatory connnotation, though
     
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