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

  1. Ed Heil

    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 Post author

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

    Also: anthroposophist. Awesome word.

  3. Ed Heil

    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

    Trinity’s Fate: Legends of a Dark Age

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

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