Monday, April 25, 2011

Therianthropy

Why do we use the term lyncanthropy in roleplaying games (specifically D&D), when we really mean therianthropy? It would be better to say ailuranthropy when talking about weretigers. Wererats are prime examples of theriocephalists in that they have a form that shares human and animal traits simultaneously.

Related to D&D terms, here's an article that discusses the neologisms created by Gygax for the game.

1 comment:

  1. Thanks for that link, Brad. I urge anyone with an interest in language or the history of RPGs to read this fascinating article.

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