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Alternative Skills Names in the Eighteenth Century?

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I'm trying to reimagine the basic CoC skill list in C18 terms.

For instance Fast Talk becomes Bambozzle; Read becomes Cipher. Biology and Geology folded in Natural History; Astronomy, Chemistry and Physics folded in Natural Philosophy. But that's as far as I've got.

Can I call on the knowledge of BRP Central to supply more? Or at least point me in the direction of a freely available C18 thesaurus?

Adam Crossingham
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If your looking for colonial usage you could see if your local library had "Colonial American English, a glossary : words and phrases found in colonial writing, now archaic, obscure, obsolete, or whose meanings have changed" by Richard M. Lederer, Jr.

BRP 31/420

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'Fallen Flower', harlotry, 'woman of easy virtue' or some other nonsense would work for a certain profession of the Old West.

Also "soiled dove" or "horizontal singer", according to GURPS Old West. ;)

"Mind like parachute, function only when open."

(Charlie Chan)

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