[Poll] Short Sword vs Short-Sword vs Shortsword

Which naming convention do you prefer?

  • Short Sword

  • Short-Sword

  • Shortsword


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Yea, "Long Sword" is too broad a term to be used as any single item. I guess the same goes for "Short Sword".
 

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Some folks who were history teachers told me how bad D&D was on medieval terms and antiquity monsters were confused. So... Your world, your own convention!
 

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I'd probably use either shortsword or short sword, depending on whether I was trying to describe a particular type of weapon (shortsword) or the general shape of a weapon (short sword). While I know it's technically also
correct to use short-sword, I've always thought that version looks weird, so pass on it.
 

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As has been mentioned above - "longsword" is a correct word because it's an actual, specific design of sword. You could say "long sword" as a descriptor, but that might refer to a longsword or katana or bastard sword or...

There is, however, no weapon actually named "shortsword." As you already stated, if you're going with European weaponry, the shorter sword would be an arming sword or knightly sword, as opposed to the longsword. Those are the correct names. Typically, games that use "shortsword" mean "arming sword," but grammatically it would be just as applicable to a gladius, etc.

I'm not sure where your third option, short-sword, came from - that's just grammatically incorrect usage of a hyphen.
 

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Yes, I am well aware these are all valid. However, if you HAD to choose one way of writing it in your database/game, which would you prefer? I am also aware there are other "short" one-handed swords out there that go by different names, such as the Gladius, Xiphos, Jian, or Wakizashi/Kodachi, but that isn't my question.

Edit: I also don't mind this thread turning into a weapons discussion, but I'd like this question answered at the very least. (especially if said discussion touches on how some of those aforementioned "short" one-handed swords I mentioned would translate into RPG terms/stats)
Short sword does have a nice ring to it but I think it depends on the type of game you are making
 

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