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Post by Desty on Tue Apr 22, 2014 12:05 am

Originally posted on CWR v.1 by Beta Dante
IMPORTANT wrote:! Disclaimer: Since some confusion has arisen, this guide basically says that similes and metaphors are by all means okay and encouraged, but saying something like teeth ARE daggers is not. Thanks.


Wolf Speak is a documented phenomenon by which people have taken words that have other meanings (or are made up), and have deemed that they will place legitimate words we have in the english language, specifically to reference parts of a wolf, or other wolf related matters.

Forgive the interjection of my personal opinion here, but basically, whoever started this wanted to either look clever or try to start some exclusive 'look at us we're better than everyone else club' by making up these terms. Why do I say that? Simply said, because there are a large number of perfectly good words in the English language to use for these terms, some of the words themselves can be seen to have evolved from a person being to lazy to state a simile, analogy or metaphor to it's full extent, or are completely random in their choosing.

Furthermore, in sites that use Wolf Speak, or people who have been conditioned by these sites to use it, these false words are not used to break up the monotony of using the same legitimate terms, the wolf speak words completely replace an actual word. So, to offer one example early, one of the two documented words for a male wolf is "brute" when a person posts, every time he or she refers to a male wolf they will always say "brute" , they never break it up with a 'male', 'he wolf', or even just a non gender specific 'wolf'.


If I have discussed this with you in the past, I may have referred to it as either a wolfism or "wolfifying" a saying. Wolf sayings, for lack of an easier way to define them, is when you take a saying, sentiment, proverb, or other human oriented phrase and alter it so that it fits within the wolf RP realm. Sometimes, a wolf saying can be completely original, but the point is, it uses actual words with their appropriate meanings to convey an idea, but chooses those words in accordance to something more in tune with what our wild wolves would see and perceive under normal circumstances.


For words that describe a certain bone, that does NOT mean you can use it to replace the body part. For example, you cannot say 'he turned his skull/cranium' because that is just a bone, not a body part or series of muscles capable of movement. Your head is more than a skull just as your leg is more (MUCH more) than a femur.

Wolves are also not insects.

Common wolfspeak terms wrote:brujo

   1. sorcerer (warlock or witch)


   1. an animal; a beast.
   2. a brutal, crude, or insensitive person.
   EXCEPTION: Remember, a female can be any bit as brutish as a male, so try to avoid using it to say your wolf is a male, but rather the male character you speak of is tough.


   1. a native or inhabitant of Hesse.
   2. a German mercenary in the British army in America during the Revolutionary War.
   3. a mercenary soldier.


   a beast that is a he? (This is a made up word.)


   1. (slang) exhibiting stereotypical or exaggerated feminine traits.

femora (plural of femur)

   1. a bone of the leg situated between the pelvis and knee in humans.
   2. the thick, most muscular segment of the insect leg, situated between the trochanter and the tibia.


   1. a device consisting of a container of fuel and two explosive charges; the first charge bursts open the fuel container at a predetermined height and spreads the fuel in a cloud that mixes with atmospheric oxygen; the second charge detonates the cloud which creates an enormous blast wave and incinerate whatever is below.
   2. a type of mythical being or legendary creature, a form of spirit, often described as metaphysical, supernatural or preternatural.
   EXCEPTION: Unless you are using a simile to compare your wolf to a fairy, try to avoid using fae often.

fatale (french for fatal)

   1. causing or capable of causing death.
   2. causing ruin or destruction; disastrous.
   3. of decisive importance; fateful: came through at the fatal moment.


   1. the wife of Socrates, traditionally described as shrewish and scolding.
   2. any nagging, peevish, or irritable woman.


   1. used formerly as a courtesy title for a woman in authority or a mistress of a household.
   2. a married woman; a matron.
   3. an elderly woman
   EXCEPTION: Seeing as how dame is a title, you are free to use it in reference to one of the leading females. (Liafi, Enat, Sea, or Ghost.)


   1. the skull of a vertebrate.
   2. the portion of the skull enclosing the brain; the braincase.


   1. an ornamental circlet or head covering, often made of precious metal set with jewels and worn as a symbol of sovereignty.
   2. the power, position, or empire of a monarch or of a state governed by constitutional monarchy.
   3. the monarch as head of state.
   4. a distinction or reward for achievement, especially a title signifying championship in a sport.


   1. the human head, especially the top of the head.
   3. the mind or brain.

crania (pluriel of cranium)

   1. the part of the skull that encloses the brain; the braincase.
   2. the skull of a vertebrate.


   no definition found - probably a fake word.


   1. the highest point; the apex or summit.
   2. the crown or top of the head.
   3. The highest point of the skull.
   See the reminder at the top.


   1. a story or room directly below the roof of a building, especially a house.
   2. a low wall or story above the cornice of a classical façade.


   1. the front part of the brain, divided into two symmetrical halves; cerebral hemispheres.


   1. the highest point reached by a celestial or other object.
   2. the point in the sky or celestial sphere directly above an observer.


   1. a piece of land; a plot.
   2. a map showing actual or planned features, such as streets and building lots.


   1. a formal examination of an organization's or individual's accounts or financial situation.
   2. the final report of an audit.
   3. of or relating to hearing, the organs of hearing, or the sense of hearing.
   See the reminder at the top.


   1. one of the paired, flexible, segmented sensory appendages on the head of an insect, myriapod, or crustacean.
   functioning primarily as an organ of touch.
   2. something likened to this sensory appendage, as in function or form.


   1. one that receives something: a receiver of many compliments.
   2. a device, such as a part of a radio, television set, or telephone, that receives incoming radio signals and converts them to perceptible forms, such as sound or light.


   1. a sharp structure on plants.


   1. a thick piece of soft material used to reduce friction or jarring, enlarge or change the shape of something, or hold or absorb liquid.
   2. the soft dull sound of steady steps.


   1. the act, manner, or sound of treading.
   2. an instance of treading; a step.
   3. a mark made by treading, as in snow.


   1. the branch of physics that deals with light and vision, chiefly the generation, propagation, and detection of electromagnetic radiation having wavelengths greater than x-rays and shorter than microwaves.


   1. a sphere or spherical object.
   2. a celestial body, such as the sun or moon.
   3. one of a series of concentric transparent spheres thought by ancient and medieval astronomers to revolve about the earth and carry the celestial bodies.
   4. a globe surmounted by a cross, used as a symbol of monarchial power and justice.
   5. an eye or eyeball.
   NOTE: Even though the last definition clearly states it can also serve as a substitute for "eye", the word is rarely used as such, and may confuse those not fluent in English.


   1. a small body of still water.
   2. an accumulation of standing liquid; a puddle: a pool of blood.
   3. a deep or still place in a stream.
   4. a swimming pool.


   1. a piece of cloth attached to a staff and used as a standard by a monarch, military commander, or knight.
   2. the flag of a nation, state, or army.
   3. a piece of cloth bearing a motto or legend, as of a club.
   4. a headline spanning the width of a newspaper page.


   1. a bunch of loose threads or cords bound at one end and hanging free at the other, used as an ornament on curtains or clothing, for example.
   2. something that resembles such an ornament, especially the pollen-bearing inflorescence of a corn plant.


   1. a slender, freestanding, vertical support; a column.
   2. such a structure or one similar to it used for decoration.
   3. one who occupies a central or responsible position: a pillar of the state.
   NOTE: Structure, in English, refers to a building, not a skeleton.


   1. a supporting pillar consisting of a base, a cylindrical shaft, and a capital.
   2. something resembling an architectural pillar in form or function: a column of mercury in a thermometer.
   3. one of two or more vertical sections of typed lines lying side by side on a page and separated by a rule or a blank space.


   1. a graduated surface or face on which a measurement, such as speed, is indicated by a moving needle or pointer.
   2. the face of a clock.
   3. a sundial.


   1. orifice - an aperture or hole that opens into a bodily cavity
   NOTE: Orifice is a general term. It's not specifically your mouth.

This is far from a complete list, but the fact stands that you should ALWAYS use a dictionary and use common sense when using a word that isn't simple or specific. Think about this ; If you didn't speak good English would you be able to understand what is trying to be said without going to a dictionary?

Green text = Good Example
Red Text = Bad Example


"She saw Alpha Druid round the corner, tail raised high like a banner declaring his rule over the Spinel Moon pack lands"


"She saw Alpha Druid round the corner, banner raised high declaring his rule over the Spinel Moon pack lands"


"Finding Warrior Lyta basking in the sunlight, he was taken by the beauty of her multicolored coat, highlights against darker fur caught in the sun's warm glow, were splashes of color playing upon an artist's canvas"

IMPORTANT wrote:! Note:  In case it's unclear how that's an analogy, the simplified way it's broken down is ~ highlights are to fur, as color is to canvas. That's how analogies are usually presented in schools.

"Finding Warrior Lyta basking in the sunlight, he was taken by the beauty of her multicolored canvas"


"Beta Amaya's dark silhouette slipped among the trees of Heliodor Sol's lands, the moonlight catching her eyes, becoming fiery lanterns, striking fear into the heart of Helot Alerion"


"Beta Amaya's dark silhouette slipped among the trees of Heliodor Sol's lands, lanterns glowing by the light of the moon, striking fear into the heart of Helot Alerion"


In general, replacing hands with paws or jaws depending on the saying is an easy way to make a human saying more wolf oriented. Sometimes you need to rearrange the saying a bit though...

   Deal with the matter at paw: (.. .matter at hand)
   Leaving it in capable jaws: (capable hands)
   The Oracle has gentle jaws: (gentle hands)

There are no roads in the natural world, or near our pack lands, but prey often follow specific paths or prey trails, and of course all animals leave tracks or pawprints.

   Follow the trail he was meant to take: (follow/find his destiny)
   Follow in her mothers pawprints: (ie footprints)
   Choose the trail/path to take (ie make a plake/decision)


   Numb Nose: (dim wit)
   Limp Tail: (ineffective, weak-willed)
   Soft Jaw: (weakling)
   Coyote: (general insult, arguably the worst thing to call a wolf)


   It was all water downstream/ water carried downstream: (water under the bridge, or over and done with)
   No use drooping over snatched entrails (crying over spilled milk)

Generally speaking, if you want to twist a saying around to sound more wolfy, think of what the saying is really trying to convey. For example 'no use drooping over snatched entrails' we know wolves can't 'cry', drooping is what their bodies do when they are sad, entrails as a substitute for milk is obvious... but why not 'no use drooping over spilled entrails', it's simple really. When the milk is spilled the idea is that it has been lost, you can't get it back... if the entrails are spilled, why they're still just fine, the wolf can munch on them just as happily if they're on the ground instead of in the prey... but if a pack mate or a scavenger comes by and snatches them up, well then like the spilled milk, they are gone, and presumably there is nothing the wolf can do about it. I know, it's a bit tricky, but it's all in good fun after all. So feel free to do this sort of thing, who knows, maybe one of your wolf sayings will catch on!
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