In my current work-in-progress, the third book in my epic fantasy romance series, Enchanted Bookstore Legends, I found myself creating a new language. Although I outline my work, this was a spontaneous creation as I wrote dialog.
In the first two books of the series, I used created words only for spellwork. In book three, the fantasy characters travel to another fantasy land. To show the distinction between worlds and magical systems, varying the language provided a great tool.
Here are some examples of my fun new words/terms.
Afflation = having received divine impartment of knowledge and strength to endure more physical hardship than a non-magical
Effluvial magic = spells and charms transferred on streams of smoke or vapor
Flap = trail, route, tunnel
Lungshooter = person who can send effluvial magic in through the mouth of another to the lungs, where it has a quicker effect
Meddlelocket = person whose magic causes figures on the lockets and pendants of the wearer to perform certain deeds
Take down = travel, journey
Scorpent = monster that is part scorpion, part serpent
I think this book may merit a glossary!
What made-up words in your fantasy reading or writing do you especially love? Personally, I love many found in Rowling’s Harry Potter series and also in Terry Pratchett’s Discworld novels.