Swears, Sayings, and Titles

Swears, Sayings, and Titles from Faerun and beyond! Swears, Sayings, and Titles
from Faerun and beyond!


General exclamations
“By the hells!”
“By the fiery gates of Gehenna!”
“Gods above ‘n’ fiends below!”
“Shyte!” [Generally seen as a better variant of “S***”]
“Damn / Damnation!”
“Dark” or “Dark and empty” [roughly equivalent to “crap”; prevalent in Sembia]
“Dented shields and broken swords!” [curse, esp. used by warriors and military

Personal abuse – men
“Whoreson” [questions someone’s parentage, but a general term of abuse]
“Orcwit” [fool, idiot]
“Orcsnack” [a green recruit]
“Badblood” [a troublemaker]
“Troll dung” [abusive, esp. used by dwarves]

Personal abuse – women

Divine oaths
“(by) Auril’s kiss!” [A sudden realization of something terrible; a cold slap in
the face.]
“(by) Bane’s Black Blood.”
“(by) Beshaba’s (bad) breath!” [normally used to indicate bad luck, or to curse
an unfortunate event]
“By the combined crotches of all Beshaba’s chosen!”
“(by) Clangeddin’s stones!”
“Cyric’s Sword!” [Curse and double entendre. It is generally frowned upon and
considered bad luck to mention the Dark Sun’s name.]
“Gond’s Gears!” [A curse, something unnecessarily complicated and unlikely to
“(by) Hanali’s Golden Heart!” [polite exclamation, used esp. by elven nobles]
“Helm’s Haemorrhoids!” [Irreverent, to deride a necessary but unappealling
“Ilmater’s patience!” [When someone is timewasting, also “You’d try the patience
of Ilmater himself!”]
“By the (Crying) God’s Tears!” [Polite exclamation; Ilmateri normally omit
“By the light of Lathander.” [Normally a blessing, but also an exclamation.]
“By the last sunrise!” [Oath used by priests of Lathander, the Morninglord.]
“Leira’s Lamentation(s).” [Something that is not what it seems, particularly
feigned grief. A double entendre when spoken because Lliira (Our Lady of Joy) is
pronounced the same way as Leira (Lady of the Mists).]
“Loviatar’s Caress.” [Something that hurts, also “Loviatar’s Lash”, for those
less given to subtlety.]
“(by) Moradin’s hairy pair!”
“Mystra’s Miracles!” [An exclamation of surprise, as when something happens by
unexpected magic.]
“May the Wandering God’s heel tread lightly on you.”
“(by the) clanging stones of the Wanderer!” [i.e. Shaundakul]
“By the Six rods of Shakazakh”
“Great Stinking Balls of Tempus!” [A battle cry]
“Talos’ teeth!”

Regional oaths (alphabetically)
[Cormyr] “Keep your Peace Knot tied.” [i.e. calm down]
[Cormyr] “A hero must move.”
[Cormyr] “(you’ve) the reach of Gondegal!” [said to someone attempting something
they cannot hope to achieve. Derived from the saying “Gondegal’s reach was
longer than his blade”, of the Lost King’s brief rule over Arabel.]
[the Dales, Western Heartlands] “In the East, perhaps!” [untrue, absurd, as of a
fanciful story or unlikely tale.]
[the Dales] “Mind the barn when it’s full, not empty. “ [i.e. don’t waste time
on something that doesn’t need done.]
[the Dales] “Zhent deal” [a double-cross.]
[Mulmaster] “Fear and loyalty are the same word.”
[Thay] “Tamm’s cold hands!”
[The North] “Klauth”, [“vicious”, as in “Don’t go near him early of mornings;
he’s apt to be a right Klauth until he’s had a mug or two.” or: “Blood and
bodies everywhere…it looked as though old Klauth himself had come calling!” or
the shorter variant: “Regular Klauth work!”, used to describe butchery. These
all derive from the nasty brutality of the great red wyrm Klauth.]
[Zhentil Keep] “Rewarded like Zhentar.” [“Betrayed.”]
[Zhentil Keep] “For god, keep and master.” [Traditional salute of the Zhentarim.
The keep refers to Zhentil Keep, ‘master’ to whoever is its leader, be it Fzoul
or Manshoon, and ’god’ to Bane or Cyric.]

“Ashdautas Vrasubatlat.” [“Someday I will kill you”, a standard Orcish greeting]

“Nar Udautas.” [“Not today”, the standard reply]

“Amal shufar, at rrug.” [“Where there’s a whip, there’s a way.”]
“Mirdautas vras.” [“It is a good day to kill”]
“Zanbaur.” [“Elfson”]

“Axe high, friend, I go” [Dwarven farewell]
“May your axe be ever bright” [Dwarven farewell]
“I go” {Dwarven farewell – not impolite, often used by merchants]

“sargh” [orc, or orc-filth. Abusive term.]
“By my beard!” [The speaker is being VERY serious.]
“His beard is long.” or “…longer than his years.” [indicates wisdom]
“no-beard” or “shorthair” [meant as an insult to any race; particularly grave to
another dwarf]
“You stand tall among us.” [complimentary; the actual height of the person in
question is irrelevant – it’s impossible for a dwarf to use this ironically.]
“His axe is sharp.” [said of a good strategic thinker.]
“Under the Mountain.” [Safe, well protected.]
“Open to the sky.” [Unsafe, unprotected. Also an insult, i.e. someone is a
“Gordul!” [“Gods look on!”]
“Calass.” [a thief]
“dur Authalar” [“the people”, only really used by wild dwarves]
“Fair as the Holy Hammer!” [Effectively means “Unfair”, “Unjust”; when addressed
directly to a person (“Soft with the Holy Hammer!”) it means “Calm down”, or
“Ease off”. The Holy Hammer are a dwarven group dedicated to the survival and
improvement of the dwarven race and the lot of the dwarves. The dubious means
(including murder and intimidation) by which they go about this noble-sounding
end results in an expression which means the reverse of what one might expect.]
“Sandstone!” [Serious exclamation; literally stone too soft and crumbling to be
“As wild as a night in Wildstar.” [Bawdy: Wildstar is an underground town of
gold dwarves]
“For the arduke.” [A battle-cry. The arduke is a title of the clan’s chieftain
used among the gold dwarves]

“Shardae” [“Winds blow.” A neutral elven greeting indicating that chance has
brought you together.]
“Sweet water and light laughter until next” [elven farewell, becoming adopted by
nobles across the Heartlands]
“Vedui” [greeting; see “Vendui” below]
“Vendui” [Drow only – greeting. Surface elves will not be impressed if you
use this to them]
“Aluve” [Drow only – “I/we leave you”.]

“Est eionivan ei tie Myotha.” [“Until the stones forget.” A green elven curse,
pronounced in all seriousness on those who have done some great harm to the
People. Based on the idea that all things have an anima or spirit which the
People can speak with and that the stones have the longest memories.]
“Nadorhuan(rim)” [“Cowardly dog(s)”]
“Mereth en draugrim” [“Feast of wolves”, i.e. a slain enemy]
“Andodulin” [“Gate bird”, i.e. a slain enemy]
“Auta miqula orqu” [“Go kiss an orc”]
“Lasta lalaithamin” [“Listen to my laughter”, dismissive]
“Antolle ulua sulrim” [“Much wind pours from your mouth”]
“Utinu en lokirim” [“Son of snakes”, i.e. a dishonest person]
“Lle naa haran e’ nausalle” [“You are king in your imagination”, to a pompous
“Amin feuya ten’ lle” [“You disgust me”]
“Lle holma ve’ edan” [“You smell like a human”]
“Dolle naa lost” [“Your head is empty”]

“Forges warm, friend” [Gnomish farewell]

“(to) set the gears in motion.” [Getting things started, often with the
mechanistic gnomish mentality that all things work like machines.]
“(he) always casts a shadow.” [Mild or medium insult. Suggestive of the
inability to hide in the shadows or use illusions to avoid detection.]

“Good morning, and good day after that! Don’t let anything curl your hair!”
[Halfling greeting, to which is sometimes added, “’Ware the Big Folk, and mind
the goblins too!”]
“Gods smile (upon you)!” [Halfling greeting to the impatient other races.]
“Brandobaris watch over your shadows.” [Hin farewell]

Hello and goodbye
“Well met” [Most often used greeting, especially between races or to those about
whom you are unsure.]
“Well again” [Used between business associates or acquaintances]
“Again.” [Hostile greeting. Abbreviated from “Well again.”]
“Olore” [Equivalent to ‘well met’, used by travelers in the Inner Sea lands,
especially around the Sea of Fallen Stars.]
“Until swords part” [Warriors’ farewell throughout the Realms.]
“Until next, may your sword be ever wet, and your arse dry” [the Pirates of the
Inner Sea]
“Alavairthae!” [A Thayan farewell, particularly among the Red Wizards. Means
“May your skill prevail!”.]
“Amarast!” [“Fare well until next we meet!”, used by the sailors of the South.]
“Braeunk vhos trolkh!” [Hobgoblin: “If you die while I’m gone, do it quietly.”
Also implies the unspoken addendum: “because I wouldn’t want to miss the fun.”]
“Tantam.” [Greeting used by merchants of all sorts in the North.]
“Oakfather keep the earth firm beneath your feet and the sun warm on your face
‘till next we meet.” [Also: “Rillifane…”, “Eldath…”, etc., and abbreviated to
“Firm earth, warm sun ‘till next.” Farewell common amongst followers of most
nature deities]

“That hound won’t hunt.” [Indicates a poorly thought-out idea or ill-judged
plan. Mildly insulting.]
“Watch thy step, or your gold will soon be gilding Gondegal’s throne!” [Warning
expression. “Gondegal’s throne” refers to anything likely to be a money-sink.]
“(you’d) sell slaves in Silverymoon.” [to do something that violates local
law/custom in a particularly outrageous and obvious way and then say: “I didn’t
know any better.”]
“(caught) between the Dragon and the Desert.” [between a rock and a hard place –
to face two equally unattractive possibilities.]
“No more Firewine for the Barbarian.” [said of someone going too far with a jest
or a plan. “firewine” can be replaced by “jhuild”, and “the Barbarian” by
whoever it applies to.]
“Fool’s Gold”, or “To take Fool’s Gold.” [An adventurer’s watchword meaning to
take on an adventure so dangerous that only the god Torm (The True, the Foolish)
would attempt it.]

Bawdiness and Innuendo
“Huff, to” [To have sex]
“Satyr’s pleasure” [The act of love]

Rank and Title
Position……….. …………Male……….. ……….Female
Commoner………. …………Goodman………. ….Goodwife or Maid
Knight, Officer………. ……..Sir………….. ………Lady, or Lady Sir
Mayor, Warden,……. ………Lord……. ……Lady, or Lady Lord Commander,
Baron, Count……… ………..Milord…….. ………Milady
Duke, Viscount, Marquis.. …High Lord….. …….High Lady
Grand Duke, Prince……. ….Highness…….. …..Highness
King, Queen, Archduke.. ….Majesty………. …..Majesty

General titles for male/female nobility of uncertain rank:
[Mulmaster] “Zor/Zora”
[Calimshan] “Syl”
[Everywhere else] “Saer” [Also applies to children of nobility too young or
low-ranking to have been awarded titles of their own.]

In general Heartlands usage, the head of a noble house is “Lord Grayhill”, his
children are all “Saer [name] Grayhill.” His widowed or aged parents, or older
uncles and aunts living but bypassed in precedence are “Old Lord (or Lady)

Swears, Sayings, and Titles

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