While I’ve seen tons of diversity cropping up in the tags for plots, what I haven’t seen a real diversity in is time periods. The most average rp about secrets could easily be spiced up by throwing it into a time such as the 20s when there was political fear, mobs, prohibition, and an impending stock market crash. With this guide, hopefully we’ll see some more time based rps crop up.
- Some North American Wizarding Typography and Illustration to go with a list of North American Wizarding slang words and phrases: (One way that the Wizarding World of Harry Potter feels quirky and authentic is the way that they speak! Now for some terms heard at Ilvermorny - most are or were used by No-majs but are more popular in the Wizarding Community)
- Cahoots ( collaborative scheming) - Carrying a torch/Stuck on ( having feelings for someone) - Cattywampus (
askew/ in disarray) - Copacetic ( wonderful, fine, all
Originated from the southern states, via cajun French) - Critter ( magical beast/small animal) - Diddlysquat ( a small/worthless amount, or nothing at all) - Doohickey
( a word used for an item when you don’t know/can’t remember it’s proper name) - Doozie ( extraordinary or extreme, may also be troublesome or difficult. Often used to describe difficult and impressive spells or potions) - Druthers ( things you would rather have) - Glad Rags ( dressed up in fancy no-maj clothes for going out in public’) - Grifter ( a con man, transient swindler, or professional gambler) - Heebie-jeebies ( jitters, a creeped out feeling, often brought on by nearby Dark magic) - Hissy Fit ( a tantrum, often used to describe a temperamental wand) - Kerfuffle ( a commotion or flurry of agitation)
- Lickety Split ( quickly, without delay.
First attested about 1860, in the US)
- Malarkey/Mumbo Jumbo (nonsense, lies, monkey-business) - Moxie ( courage, spunk, daring) - Nix ( cancel, undo a spell)
Owl ( a person who’s out
- Peachy Keen/ Peachy (fantastic, exactly right. Often used sarcastically) - Ragamuffin
( affectionate term for a disheveled person) - Rambunctious ( boisterous, noisy, difficult to control) - Ritzy/Swanky/Spiffy ( elegant, fancy, stylish) - Skedaddle ( a hurried departure, running away) -
Spifflicated, canned, corked, tanked, jazzed, zozzled, plastered, buzzed, ossified ( drunk) - Spill the Beans ( divulge information or secrets) - Squelch ( to halt, stop, eliminate, stamp out, or put down, often suddenly or by force) - Topsy-Tervy ( upside down, backwards, disorderly, chaotic) - Uppity ( Haughty, arrogant, above oneself) - Whirligig
( anything that whirls or spins, or a dizzying course of events) - Zinger (
a witty, often caustic remark; something supposed to cause surprise or shock. Can also refer to an excellent counter-spell)