Horribly overused apocalyptic-sounding words you should avoid putting in the name of your cheesy book, movie, or videogame

I know you want your edgy, violent media product to sound suitably grim and epic. But from now on, please consider these terms off-limits:

  • Redemption
  • Prophecy
  • Legacy
  • Salvation
  • Fate
  • Dead
  • Legend
  • Trinity
  • Dark
  • Age
  • Creed
  • Tale
  • Blood
  • Doom
  • Resurrection

If that scuttles your plan to release Blood Prophecy: Legacy of Dark Redemption, here are some woefully under-utilized, kinda-religious-sounding words you might try instead:

  • Transubstantiation
  • Monophysite
  • Dispensation
  • Cloister
  • Homo(i)oúsios
  • Diffused
  • Thummim
  • Pseudo-Dionysian
  • Semipelagian
  • Hermetic
  • Exegesis
  • Ordination
  • Exhortation

Any I’ve missed, in either list?

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6 Comments

  1. Ed Heil says:

    Actually it works nice if you mix the two lists.

    DARK THUMMIM

    SEMIPELAGIAN RESURRECTION

    CLOISTER PROPHECY

    Suggestions for list 2:

    “EREMITIC” (which I used to get mixed up with “hermetic” to produce the mongrel “heremetic”)

    You can’t live in West Michigan and leave out the dreaded “ARMINIAN”…

    And some more:

    INFRALAPSARIAN

    SOTERIOLOGY

    HYPERDOULIA

    PONEROLOGY

    PRE-ADAMITE

    CARPOCRATIAN

    and going farther afield:

    LUBAVITCHER

    MAHAYANA

    TWELVER

    ANTHROPOSOPHIST

  2. Andy says:

    Haha, great idea and list, Ed! I knew you’d have some solid additions to the list.

    Also: anthroposophist. Awesome word.

  3. Ed Heil says:

    Anthroposophy is weird. It’s basically Theosophy as re-imagined by an Austrian who idolized Goethe, and who didn’t have a deep-seated distaste for Christianity (unlike Theosophy’s Mme. Blavatsky). Owen Barfield, one of C.S. Lewis’s closest friends, and a really fascinating thinker in his own right, was an Anthroposophist.

  4. Chris Goodwin says:

    Trinity’s Fate: Legends of a Dark Age

    That list needs to be expanded and put on a d100 table!

  5. Andy says:

    That’s not a bad idea, Chris 🙂 Maybe when I get some more free time….

  6. John Karr says:

    Revolution, evolution,

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