glamourweaver: brunhiddensmusings: jeneelestrange: incorrectdiscworldquotes: tilthat: TIL of the “Tiffany Problem”. Tiffany is a medieval name—short for Theophania—from the 12th century. Authors can’t use it in historical or fantasy fiction, however, because the name looks too modern. This is an example …

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Washington Irving’s ‘A History of the Life and Voyages of Christopher Columbus’ popularised the idea that before Columbus everyone in Europe thought the Earth was flat. Irving’s account however was almost entirely fiction – he wanted to portray his hero, …

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