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Re: Germanic tribal life.
« Reply #45 on: February 09, 2012, 09:10:55 AM »
Your Germans probably would have called it the ground. We might call it a dirt floor, but I suspect the Germans had not yet gotten around to inventing the word 'floor' yet. 'Dirt floor' implies that most other floors are not dirt. Most, if not all, German floors were dirt.    C.M.

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Re: Germanic tribal life.
« Reply #46 on: February 09, 2012, 09:47:51 AM »
Joe, I don't know the correct answer, but common sense tells me they would have called it a floor or their word for such.

My reasoning is simple. A housewife would have cleaned, swept the surface in her home and since she did so, would have used a different word from the dirt/ground outside her home to refer to it.

Plus, if I were reading a story that referred to the surface inside a house as "the ground" I can't imagine Not feeling I had just hit a speed bump too fast.

Sorry I couldn't be of more help.
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Re: Germanic tribal life.
« Reply #47 on: February 09, 2012, 10:48:22 AM »
Thanks for both your answers.

Alice, you hit it right on the head there. I don't want to jar a reader out of the story. I don't think a lot of readers will hit a speed bump when they read 'floor'. Unless they are extremely well educated in Germanic tribal life. The action in the scene will then hopefully distract them.  :)
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« Reply #48 on: February 09, 2012, 01:16:07 PM »
Glad to be making sense Joe - it happens once in a while.  ;)
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« Reply #49 on: February 09, 2012, 08:33:13 PM »
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I read recently that most of the people let the animals live inside their houses. I guess that was the real poor people. (Correction here. In the northern parts especially farmers lived in a big house divided in two parts by a wall; one side the stable, the other the farmer's family. I was told it was to keep the heat in, to protect against the fierce winters only.) 

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Re: Germanic tribal life.
« Reply #50 on: February 09, 2012, 10:52:54 PM »
Glad to be making sense Joe - it happens once in a while.  ;)

Hey, just like me.

Thanks, Katinka. I've also found that. My tribe is a bit lower down and the story takes place in late summer through autumn, so luckily my characters won't have to deal with the animals that much.  :)
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