Uncle Hyena (unclehyena) wrote,
Uncle Hyena
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Pegasians

Last night I went up to Lake Geneva to play in an AD&D 1st Ed. game, under the auspices of Mark Cmg. This was the first time I have actually played the game, in all these years, as it was actually written. (More on this elsewhere, and after GaryCon.)
In the meantime, a bit of linguistic foolishness came up that I am going to air again. Which is to say: As far as I have been able to determine, until D&D came out in 1974, there simply was no such word as "pegasus" with a lower case "p", meant to indicate a species of winged horses. Prior to that, "Pegasus" meant a specific winged stallion, and winged horses in general were called "winged horses". As a result of this, I tend to rail whenever anyone pluralizes "pegasus" as "pegasi". It is an absurd plural of a neologism. It would be more correct to refer to winged horses as "Pegasians", but I fear that horse has long since left the barn.

Uncle Hyena
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