Writing What You Don't Know: The Assistants

Discussion in 'Make It So' started by jacktrash, Aug 3, 2016.

  1. ChelG

    ChelG Well-Known Member

    Maybe search for Indian surnames you know are in current use in 1800s UK censuses here? That way you'll know if that name was in use then.
  2. Codeless

    Codeless Cheshire Cat

    I am not British, so I neither know what Indian surnames are in current use, nor how to access a UK census. I´m not sure i even can as a foreigner? It´s basically a good idea but i kinda need a few steps back, aka to even find out what modern names are around. I´d also like to make sure to know the surnames origin so I don´t wind up with a weird hodgepodge of Indian cultural details that don´t come from the same places.
  3. Petra

    Petra space case

    Hmmm, might depend on the sort of character, too. If it's been 6+ generations you might be able to justify a blend of regionalisms in the background, but if the character is closer to the time period the family came over then you want to be more precise.
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  4. ChelG

    ChelG Well-Known Member

    The census linked is searchable, and I can't imagine why they'd block you from it since it's from the 1800s. As for ideas, try looking for news or social commentary articles about Indian people in the UK? They'll surely have some names mentioned that you can research further.
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  5. chthonicfatigue

    chthonicfatigue Bitten by a radioactive trickster god

    Kumar should be a fairly safe call: its not tied to a single region or caste, and is a very common surname. Recorded in the UK census since 1891. Still in common usage; I know quite a few folks with the surname and they're mostly unrelated.
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  6. Deresto

    Deresto Foolish Mortal

    I haven't actually watched the video, but the title alone seems very helpful. Covers bird, lizard, and cat conlang ideas:

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  7. ChelG

    ChelG Well-Known Member

    Question for a thing, is HIV counted as a disability? I feel like it ought to be but "long-term health condition" might be classified differently.
  8. artistformerlyknownasdave

    artistformerlyknownasdave revenge of ricky schrödinger

    at least in the united states, HIV and AIDS are protected under the americans with disabilities act

    source: am training to be funeral director, certain protections are given to people with HIV/AIDS as specified under ADA
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  9. ChelG

    ChelG Well-Known Member

    Thank you! Wasn't sure if it came under the same heading.
  10. ChelG

    ChelG Well-Known Member

    Do phone lines have a maximum volume? I saw a gag in a thing where someone blasted an airhorn down the line and I don't know if that would actually work.
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