February 15th, 2008

paws off

Pet names

I have absolutely no idea how to google for this.

I have a character who is Scottish. What kind of pet name/nickname would he use for someone? Um, along the lines of if he was a Geordie he'd call people pet, if he was from the Stoke area it would be duck etc etc.

ETA - both are male. It's a mentor/protege kind of relationship (although it's now romantic that's really new, the mentor/protege thing goes back more than a decade and I'm thinking the kind of thing he'd have used then). And he's from Glasgow.

Sorry should have mentioned them both being male before, duck and pet are gender neutral so I didn't think of it.

ETA2 - Got one thanks. And I just had it pointed out to me that in a totally different fandom Carson Becket calls *everyone* lad or lass or wee something or other, which is the kind of level of thing I was going for, so I think one endearment in private between them isn't going to suddenly sound ooc (as long as we avoid anything sappy, which I was intending to anyway). Thanks everyone for your suggestions.

of course if she'd pointed that out yesterday I wouldn't have needed to post anyway.
Pangolin

Of Thai and mispronounced words

I have no idea how to google this, since I guess it's mostly a personal experience kind of thing.

I used to have a friend who was born and raised in Russia who had moved to the US within the past couple years, and he spoke perfect English...except for certain words. Things like pronouncing iron as "eye-ROHN" and clover as "CLAW-ver." Thing was, aside from these few scattered words, he had no discernable accent at all.

Now, imagine this friend was Thai instead of Russian.

What would those scattered words likely be and how would they be mangled?
-PW- believe in the power of sayance

Draft exemptions for the Vietnam War

I'm forming headcanon for one of my characters and have realized that he was just about the right age to have been drafted to serve in Vietnam.  At the time of the '69 lottery, though, he would have been preparing to enter the police academy (even if he couldn't have entered because he wasn't quite old enough - AFAIK required age in the LAPD was 21).  I know that college students and people in certain occupations were able to receive draft exemptions.  He wouldn't have been a college student, but what options would there have been for occupations?  Or would the "preparing to enter school" have been enough?

I looked through pretty much everything on Wikipedia relating to US conscription, especially during Vietnam, and the draft lottery.  Google search strings: vietnam america draft OR conscription exemptions police.
Ninth Doctor

A very strange custody battle.

So, a character in one of my stories eventually gets caught in the middle of a very difficult custody battle. A lot of the buildup might seem a little far-fetched, but all I'm really asking for is the details of how custody might work, and the condition of state care.

Character in question is in his early-to-mid teens, white male. He resulted from an experiment and thus there was no legal record of him (no birth certificate, SS#, etc). As a young child (eight or nine years old) he lost his memory, and was subsequently kidnapped and raised by a wanted felon. The child's "real" father, who is in his early seventies, shares no genetic material with his son and can't actually prove his paternity.

It's pretty obvious that the kid isn't going back with the escaped felon, but what would the court do with the child? Could his "real" father win custody of him, or would he be put into State Care? And if State Care is the result, what is it like to be a ... ward of the state, I think that's the word? Where would you live, what would it be like, what would you go through each day?

Thank you in advance, everyone ^_^

German cursing

    When:         current day
    Where:        immaterial
    Searches:   various web sites, including several mentioned in previous threads here. They answer the wrong question.

    My MC is a German man, age 40. He comes from a upper upper middle class family; is intelligent, well-educated, and well-read; and speaks a number of languages more than passably. (I read the fascinating mid-December thread on mistakes German speakers make in English, and he hasn't done that since he was at university.) He's currently working high finance in the northeastern U.S..
    Today, a large part of one of his major work projects came apart at the seams. It's not his fault, he warned people this could happen ... but that's not going to stop him from catching the blame (and the extra work) for the next month or so.
    So he gets home and, instead of putting things neatly away and kissing the wife, goes to the living room, pours three fingers of Obscenely Expensive single-malt. knocks it back on two gulps - and throws the glass into the fireplace as hard as he can.
    At this point he allows himself one sentence to vent, and I think it should be in German. I'm looking for something like

        "God damn yellow-bellied illiterate needle-dicked squirrel-molesting disease-riddled son-of-a-BITCH!"

    as opposed to more ordinary profanity. (Ergo (in part) my comment about answering the wrong question.)