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Re: Amenta Worldbuilding Info

Postby MaggieoftheOwls » Tue May 09, 2017 7:37 am

It does.
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Re: Amenta Worldbuilding Info

Postby Throne3d » Tue May 09, 2017 8:26 am

Blue-blooded referring to aristocracy? It is, yeah. (Searching "blue-blooded" on Google gets me "adj. aristocratic or patrician".)
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Re: Amenta Worldbuilding Info

Postby atheistcanuck » Tue May 09, 2017 12:14 pm

I am mildly surprised it exists in Brazil actually.
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Re: Amenta Worldbuilding Info

Postby Antares » Tue May 09, 2017 12:37 pm

It originated from the tendency for aristocrats to be so pale that their veins appeared to be blue in color.
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Re: Amenta Worldbuilding Info

Postby Moriwen » Tue May 09, 2017 1:17 pm

English got it via Spanish, which makes its existing in Brazil less surprising.
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Re: Amenta Worldbuilding Info

Postby Ezra » Tue May 09, 2017 11:53 pm

since Portuguese could just as easily get it from Spanish?
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Re: Amenta Worldbuilding Info

Postby Moriwen » Wed May 10, 2017 12:04 am

Yes, especially since (a) there was in general a lot of Spanish settlement of central and south America, and (b) Portugal is right there next to Spain. (I don't know, and don't know of a good way to find out, whether the idiom passed into Portuguese before or after the settlement of Brazil, but I'm kind of curious now.)
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Re: Amenta Worldbuilding Info

Postby Nemo » Wed May 10, 2017 10:58 am

Google seems to imply yes. The term comes from Spanish nobility being proud of not having interbred with the Moors. (I thought that seemed weird, since the conquest of the Iberian peninsula was forever ago, but apparently the process of conquering it back lasted for basically ever.) So the thing that gave rise to the phrase was several centuries old and ongoing at the time that Portugal appeared; it wouldn't surprise me if it's been in the language since the beginning.
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Re: Amenta Worldbuilding Info

Postby Bluelantern » Wed May 10, 2017 4:53 pm

I get the sense it was from Portugal, I don't think settlements have that much contact/influence.
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Re: Amenta Worldbuilding Info

Postby Antares » Wed May 10, 2017 8:46 pm

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