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I was talking to my wife about a movie trailer she saw and I mentioned that the kids enjoy anthropomorphic animals. She looked at me funny and I realized that the sole reason I know the definition of that word is from board gaming.

Besides the obvious meeples and d20, what words are in your vocabulary purely because of our hobby?

Challenge: Use one in normal conversation today and post your results here!
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Sorry, this is halfway off-topic, but my favorite "how gaming improved my skills" story.

I started playing Magic: The Gathering when I was 12 in 1996. Later in secondary-school, I had English as major field of study. Regularly, my schoolmates asked "where the heck do you know THAT word from?!".
I learned half of my English vocabulary from MTG. I finally had an A in my school leaving examination and I owe Richard Garfield some thanks for making this possible
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MAJBrown22 wrote:
Challenge: Use one in normal conversation today and post your results here!


"I would like to read this book but I will have to wait for the French localisation."

I knew the concept of translation but discovered the word (and the concept) "localisation" by watching video made by Iello.
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I suspect I knew this one from another source, but I don't use "orthogonal" much outside boardgaming.
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Wolle_Petterson wrote:
Sorry, this is halfway off-topic, but my favorite "how gaming improved my skills" story.

I started playing Magic: The Gathering when I was 12 in 1996. Later in secondary-school, I had English as major field of study. Regularly, my schoolmates asked "where the heck do you know THAT word from?!".
I learned half of my English vocabulary from MTG. I finally had an A in my school leaving examination and I owe Richard Garfield some thanks for making this possible


This story is *Some Good*
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JosefK wrote:
I suspect I knew this one from another source, but I don't use "orthogonal" much outside boardgaming.

That's the one I was thinking of.

Also, asymmetric doesn't get much use outside of board games for me.
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JosefK wrote:
I suspect I knew this one from another source, but I don't use "orthogonal" much outside boardgaming.


This was the first thing I thought of.

My extensive knowledge of fantasy creatures probably comes from D&D... if that counts
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killerjoe1962 wrote:
Wolle_Petterson wrote:
I finally had an A in my school leaving examination and I owe Richard Garfield some thanks for making this possible


This story is *Some Good*
Is it about the "some thanks"? Is there no plural for thanks?

I just said that I learned vocabulary with the help of Magic...not grammar
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Well, tapping/to tap has an entirely different meaning for me than non-gamers. And a 45 degree tap? Hmph. No!

I think I know all kinds of medieval armor names I wouldn't normally, like greaves.

But using those in normal conversation, not really.
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I'm constantly amazed at how many Jeopardy! questions I know SOLELY from having played a board game with a related theme.

The other day there was some clue that mentioned Madeira and they were looking for a country. "What is Portugal!!!!"

Thanks, "What's Your Game?"
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That's true about trivia -- Pandemic has taught me a great deal about world geography!
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MAJBrown22 wrote:
Besides the obvious meeples and d20, what words are in your vocabulary purely because of our hobby?


Orthogonal

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Sprue. I just tried telling my wife that I'm not feeling well, I think I have sprue. She asked me what sprue is.

She's a gamer too but doesn't have a space minis addiction.

Other new terminology for me includes Timmy Player, Vasel's Law, Turtling and Point Salad.

Also, Mulligan, Chit, D6.

D6, I thought, what is that?
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Certainly "miniature" (or "mini"). I've been aware of the objects themselves for years, but before I started getting much more into boardgaming these past six months or so, I would call them "figures", "figurines", "models" or some such.

Also, if you asked me a year ago, I would have only used the term "pawn" to describe a certain kind of chessman, not to describe what I previously would have called a "piece", "game piece" or "player piece".

I previously would have referred to the "side" of a die rather than its "face", because in my previous experience, those two things were always interchangeable. It's not until these past several months that I have encountered "custom" dice with the same face on multiple sides.
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I like this thread but I'm having trouble thinking of any word I've learned from boardgaming. Maybe I came too late to the hobby or maybe I don't play enough games.

I do agree with the previous commenters on the word "orthogonal" (i.e. I never really use that word outside of boardgaming) but, unfortunately I had already learned that word from statistics.
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I can't figure a single use of "orthogonal" related to boardgames ...
While this word reminds me math, planes, group theory, ...
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Dungeons and Dragons improved my vocabulary back in the 70s: Constitution, Dexterity, Charisma, Halberd, Dervish,... Just the other day I was able to positively confirm that "Dirk" is a word while playing Quiddler (we played a friendly game.) Unfortunately D&D did not improve my grammar or spelling.

Champions improved my mental arithmetic skills.

I cannot remember which words I learned from board games directly-- Except 'Pyrrhic victory' and 'field marshal'.
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mattramsey wrote:
I like this thread but I'm having trouble thinking of any word I've learned from boardgaming.


So, you aren't familiar with the word "meeple"?
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JosefK wrote:
I suspect I knew this one from another source, but I don't use "orthogonal" much outside boardgaming.


I used the term "orthogonally adjacent" in a work meeting once. I've never seen so many confused people who had no idea a word to describe the concept existed. It surprises me that the word "diagonal" is relatively common but orthogonal isn't.
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Next time there's a question about who is going to brief first at a meeting, I'm going to get out a d20 and roll initiative...
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Most of the times I've used the word "pip" in reference to the dots on dice, people look at me funny. I don't know if I learned that dice had pips from gaming or through some other means though.

Magic definitely expanded my vocabulary once I hit 10 years old.
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Does the term "semi-cooperative" exist outside boardgaming? "Co-operative" - definitely. 'Semi-cooperative', I guess it could do, as in "We were all helping to clean out the hall, but Jason was only semi-cooperative". (And probably a traitor as well).
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I learned "malus" is the antonym of "bonus" through boardgaming.
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Wolle_Petterson wrote:
killerjoe1962 wrote:
Wolle_Petterson wrote:
I finally had an A in my school leaving examination and I owe Richard Garfield some thanks for making this possible


This story is *Some Good*
Is it about the "some thanks"? Is there no plural for thanks?

I just said that I learned vocabulary with the help of Magic...not grammar


As a noun, it always appears as a plural. It's just not commonly combined with some. Not really anything wrong with your phrasing. I thought it sounded fine. What we might be more likely to hear, though is, "I owe many thanks to..."

 
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I guess the most enduring one I've learned is die as the singular.
But I was quite impressed with the knowledge/research involved when I discovered that some of the names in Magic are real things in our world and not made-up terms which I originally assumed--not being familiar with them; terms like Taiga and Lapis Lazuli.

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