[Ansteorra] SCA Vocabulary

Chelsea Durham baby_sis_83 at hotmail.com
Sat Nov 10 20:30:02 PST 2007

Perhaps the reason the words autocrat and feastocrat etc are still around is because you can easily use them as verbs. It's much easier to say "I'm going to autocrat that event" than to say "I'm going to event steward that event." It works but sounds weird. You can also say "autocratting" or "feastocratting" as opposed to "event stewarding" or "feast stewarding" Again, they work, but sound weird. Just a thought! I'm also tired and been immersed in samurai books for two hours. =P

-Lady Grainne Kathleen NicPadraig MacDaniel 
None is deceived but he who trusts too much.

> Probably not. This is actually a recurring subject for discussion. 
> Story time, children!
> While setting up the SCA's second event, Marion Zimmer Bradley (yes, 
> the science fiction author) was filling out a form to reserve a park 
> in San Francisco and one of the questions on the form was "Title." 
> The first thing that popped into her head was "autocrat" so that's 
> what she put down, and the name stuck. (One of the earlier questions 
> on that form was "name of organization", and "Society for Creative 
> Anachronism" was the first thing that popped into her head.)
> Sicne then, tacking -ocrat onto any SCA-related job has become pretty common.
> "Troll" was a pretty obvious pun on "toll", but that joke got old a 
> *long* time ago.
> About ten or fifteen years ago (at least in Ansteorra) people started 
> pushing for more historically accurate names: event steward instead 
> of autocrat, gate instead of troll, head cook or feast steward 
> instead of feastocrat, privy instead of Shrine of St. John of the 
> Swirling Waters, etc.
> Nowadays some folks use the historically accurate names, some folks 
> still use the "traditional" names. It's pretty much a matter of 
> personal preference. If you look through the event announcements in 
> the Kingdom Calendar http://calendar.ansteorra.org/ or Black Star, 
> you'll see that both terms are used.
>          -Tivar Moondragon
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