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Sandy Lender is the editor of an international trade publication and the author of the fantasy novels Choices Meant for Gods and Choices Meant for Kings, available from ArcheBooks Publishing, and the series-supporting chapbook, What Choices We Made.

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Monday, May 21, 2007

Word of the Day
We're starting the Choices Meant for Gods fantasy words with 'ofersey'n' because a friend of mine asked me to explain what they were. So here we go!

Ofersey'n (noun) — a leader in any given sector of the continent where the tale of Choices Meant for Gods takes place; a leader similar to a governor or a monarch; he is usually from a line of ofersey'n (and, yes, it's a patriarchal society)

Etymology: Sandy Lender created this word but it stems from the Old English word "oferseon" (with a long mark over the second e), which means "oversee" or "look on". You can see then why the governor of a sector or "land" in this fantasy world is an ofersey'n.

Word in a Sentence (taken from the text of Choices Meant for Gods): The land of Onweald had enjoyed peace for nearly four decades. To think one of its ofersey'n invaded another's capital city was ludicrous.

Your turn! Now, this is a little different than what you regular visitors to Today the Dragon Wins are used to because this is a fantasy word, but let's see how creative you can be. How can you use either the WOD ofersey'n or its Old English root oferseon in a governmental sentence?

"Some days, I just want the dragon to win."

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2 Comments:

Anonymous isabella mori said...

"All pencils used, including their length at the beginning of the contract and at the end of the contract, measured in inches according to Rule 346 A, para 12 b(ii), must be reported to the ofersey'n."

(Btw, I wonder - does "ofersey'n" relate at all to the concept of "overseeing"?)

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Blogger Sandy Lender said...

I LOVE IT!
This had me laughing...
An ofersey'n definitely relates to overseeing. That's where I created the word from...its "root" so to speak and its symbolic meaning. The ofersey'n in Choices Meant for Gods are like governors or overseers of specific areas of the overall land. Because it's too much for the emperor to take care of all on his own (takes a while to cross all that on horseback, doncha know), he has 17 ofersey'n who bring him word of what's going on. Of course, not all of them are on the up-n-up...and I'm killin' 'em off at an alarming clip. (Hence my PG rating.)

Sandy L.
"Some days, I just want the dragon to win."

6:46 AM  

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