Why "maille"?

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dysjunct
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Why "maille"?

Post by dysjunct » 14 Aug 2017, 14:03

Any particular reason why the text uses the archaic spelling of "mail"?

It doesn't use "sweord," "knif," "armure," or any other pre-modern spellings. Why is "maille" the exception?
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Re: Why "maille"?

Post by Agamemnon » 14 Aug 2017, 14:16

The term "chain mail" is redundant, because mail or maille itself literally means "armor/cloth made of metal rings." We go with the term maille over mail because while both are correct, one of them has a different connotation for English speakers who will naturally associate it with the postal service.
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Re: Why "maille"?

Post by dysjunct » 14 Aug 2017, 14:22

Makes sense, thanks.

(Now get back to work on that combat chapter! Thursday is always right around the corner! :mrgreen:)
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Re: Why "maille"?

Post by nemedeus » 14 Aug 2017, 17:07

dysjunct wrote:Makes sense, thanks.

(Now get back to work on that combat chapter! Thursday is always right around the corner! :mrgreen:)
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