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The Goddesses Frigga, Idunn and Freyja are the Fulltrui and Sacred Queens of Stormark.

Under the most gracious and most generous auspices of the Fulltrui and Sacred Queens of the Lands of the Longships Throne, the Ladies Divine Frigga, Freyja and Idunn, Storish Society has over the years of its long and glorious existence developed its very own vernacular. This particular vernacular is so very distinct that quite often outlanders who hear inhabitants of the Twenty-Six Jarldoms talk to each other are totally bewildered and they wonder what in Niflheim is going on. 

Stormarkers are renowned, some say notorious, for using the gender-neutral third-person singular possessive adjective zir, the gender-neutral third-person singular subject pronoun zie, and the gender-neutral third person singular personal pronoun zirself and its derived term zirselves. They are also quite fond of using the words aforesaid, query, self-same and aforementioned as well as the idioms to wit and jolly and joyous. It is also common for them to use should like and will want instead of would like and mine in lieu of my.

Inhabitants of the Lands of the Longships Throne often say otherwhere instead of elsewhereelsewise in lieu of otherwise, and mayhaps or perchance in place of maybe. Quite regularly for a certainty is used rather than sure or certainly. The same applies to much and more as substitute for more.

Numerous idioms and expressions hail from, or were inspired by, Valtia, that lost isle of wonderment which is the spiritual predecessor of the High Realm of Stormark; others are, of course, connected to Vanic worship. Fruit of [mine/your/his/her/our/your/their] Valtian Loins (a way to denote the offspring of members of the House of Ettlingar Freyu of Valtian descent) is an example of the former is; Only Frigga knows (used for something you don't know or don't want to comment on), Freyja shines through you (a compliment for a Vanic woman), and May Idunn bless and keep you (a well-wish for a long, healthy and happy life) are a couple of examples of the latter.

There are also several idioms that were spontanously coined by various Stormarkers who were happily musing, chatting and interacting away. A very popular example of the aforesaid is: as great as the mighty bosom of the Lady Unna, an idiom which is used to describe something that is quite sizable. Stacked up as high as Thorfinn's Tower is likewise a manner to denote women who are well-endowed in the mammary department.

When describing something that something that is very good or large in quantity, whether material, immaterial or abstract many a Stormarker uses the superlative supercalifragilisticexpialidocious, and the self-same applies to superabundantly as well as exuberantly. Foreign countries are, aside from outland, offtimes referred to as beyond-the-walls, a term derived from the gargantuan walls, which were designed to resemble ruined castle walls and were built in harmony with the landscape, that protect the land borders of the Lands of the Longships Throne and its Bilander. Another common term to denote places abroad is the Borders Beyond.

Various Stormarkers who are alluding to a matter that is pointless will of use the idioms as pointless as sending a fortune-teller to Frigga, or bringing apples to Idunn, or read Freyja from the Poetry of Passion - the classical Valtian book on the art of love. (Kind, gracious and loving as they are, the Lady of Eternal Youth and the Lady of Life and Love will still, of course, gracefully accept apples and readings from the Poetry of Passion, respectively, which are ritually offered to Them in the context of worshipping.) Likewise will an employer who informs an employee that zie is fired will tell zie that zie from now on will serve as a fortune-teller to Frigga.

Many a Stormarker appertaining to the (arch)royalty or (arch)nobility tends - when referring to zir mother, father or other ancestor - to attach the title Lord or Lady, as the case may be, to the applying parental or ancestral noun. The same may apply to, if any, the siblings of those parents and ancestors. So does the Storjarla Fjǫrleif refer to the High King as her Lord Grandfather, to the Imperial Chieftain of Tronderike as her Lord Father, and to the Imperial Chieftainess of Port Chloe and the Providence Plantations as her Lady Grandaunt.

In the event that a man is blessed with a large extremely well-shaped pleasure tube that is mesmerizing to women, it is said about such a male that he has Thordynnarsturn, which means Thordynnar's Tower. That term is derived from a well-endowed hunky Elvish Vanakarl from the days of Valtia called Thordynnar Galtivaris. He was the one who had the tremendous honour to plant the Lady Björka Hnossdóttir, the progenitress mortal of the House of Ettlingar Freyu, in the Goddess Hnoss Her belly in the Godsgrove of the Great Temple of Valtia,

To express that someone has certain thoughts or that zie is Inclined or likely to do something.the Inhabitants of the Twenty-Jarldoms and its Bilander use the idioms be of the mind as well as be of a mind. When referring to one of zir in-laws, many a Stormarker tends to affix the prefix good- to the applicable noun for such a relative by marriage. Thus does the Imperial Chieftainess of Port Chloe and the Providence Plantations call the High Queen Consort her goodsister and the High King referred to the Lady Esther Ayreon-Kalirion as his gooddaughter. Stormarkers also say posterior to in stead of after and sweetling in lieu of darling.

Storish people also have adjectives of their own with regard to the four cardinal directions, to wit: eastron, westronsouthron, and northron instead of eastern, western, southern and northern, respectively.

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Lady Birgitta,

I should like it if you will want to add "supercalifragilisticexpialidocious", for something that is very good or very much, and "beyond-the-walls" to denote the outland. 

A burning desire, as great as the mighty bosom of the Lady Unna, has developed inside me to travel to the Royal City of Thorfinnsborg to visit the mighty lighthouse-fortress which since times ancient beyond the memory of woman is known as Thorfinn's Tower. 

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1 hour ago, Fjǫrleif said:

A burning desire, as great as the mighty bosom of the Lady Unna, has developed inside me to travel to the Royal City of Thorfinnsborg to visit the mighty lighthouse-fortress which since times ancient beyond the memory of woman is known as Thorfinn's Tower. 

Take the Lady Alys to Thorfinn's Tower on your future honeymoon, for the two of you can then claim to be a little lighthouse family! ;)

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20 hours ago, Fjǫrleif said:

Lady Birgitta,

I should like it if you will want to add "supercalifragilisticexpialidocious", for something that is very good or very much, and "beyond-the-walls" to denote the outland. 

A burning desire, as great as the mighty bosom of the Lady Unna, has developed inside me to travel to the Royal City of Thorfinnsborg to visit the mighty lighthouse-fortress which since times ancient beyond the memory of woman is known as Thorfinn's Tower. 

Lady Fjǫrleif,

Those suggestions of yours will be added.

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Lady Birgitta,

I should like it if you will want to add "be of the mind" and "be of a mind" for thinking something, "sweetling" and "posterior to" as substitutes of "darling" and "after", the term Lord/Lady [Parent/Ancestor] for royal and nobles to denote their parents and other ancestors,  and the prefix "good-" to refer to (one's) in-laws.

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