You spoke and we listened. The WatchersOnTheWall Game of Thrones Lexicon page has been updated with your feedback.
Back in September of 2014, we announced the creation of a Lexicon page and asked for your input on words and phrases to include. WotW contributors considered every proposal (yes, even “Myrish swamp”) and debated the merits of each item in regards to its specific significance to the WotW community, both historical and contemporary, in addition to its overall importance in the life of GoT fandom.
Here are some examples of our winnowing process. If a word, phrase or acronym was a simple abbreviation of something from the books that could be understood by newbies in the context of discussion, we left it out. An example of this kind of item would be LF for Littlefinger or NW for Night’s Watch. Similarly, something that was from the books and had no double meaning was left out. “Fat pink mast” (a straight-forward metaphor for an…..ahem…..) being an example. Many of these straightforward metaphors and concepts are already covered in much more extensive ASOIAF wikis, which we did not intend this Lexicon to become.
Additionally, some of the proposed phrases were too spoilerish such as place names, character names and theory abbreviations from books that had not yet been covered by the show. Such phrases would have spoiled non-readers and readers who have not gone beyond the current season in the books. Furthermore, we didn’t feel that we could anticipate what would or would not be included in the show in the future sufficiently to warrant their inclusion at this time.
However, going forward as each season passes and we go past those points in the books, significant phrases with community meaning can and will be added. A final example of our thinking is the inclusion of the book title acronyms. We thought that non-book readers would not be able to suss out what they meant without an Internet search. So providing that answer here, without their having to leave our site, was our goal.
Go check out the latest version of the WotW Lexicon page and feel free to give us your feedback. In the comments below let us know how it looks, how it works on various platforms and browsers (I will adjust it within reason but cannot promise it will work perfectly on every platform out there), the phrases included/excluded, the definitions and whatever else pops into your GoT starved brains.
Thanks again for your participation, now and in the future!