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User Info: dib153

dib153
1 month ago#1
I want a fancy word for a title, about things that could have happened long ago but never did. Like...pirates and ninjas. They COULD have fought each other, Caribbean pirates like blackbeard and cap. Morgan were doing their thing by the islands while ninjas slit throats in the orient. There was roughly 100 years, the 1600s, where they both existed. They COULD have fought, but didnt.

Whats the word for that?
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User Info: CloverKitten

CloverKitten
1 month ago#2
There isn't a good single word for this, at least not one that would work for an interesting, distinct or memorable title.

But you could always make up a silly portmanteau, like possibistory (possibility and history), pastentiality (past and potentiality) or priorbility (prior and possibility).

User Info: dib153

dib153
1 month ago#3
I went with "counterfactual nature of"
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User Info: Wandering__Hero

Wandering__Hero
1 month ago#4
Possibility
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User Info: dib153

dib153
1 month ago#5
Wandering__Hero posted...
Possibility


Is something that may happen. I wrote about historical circumstances. The topic WAS possible, technically, but didnt happen because the involved parties hadn't really expanded far enough
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User Info: Wandering__Hero

Wandering__Hero
1 month ago#6
dib153 posted...
Wandering__Hero posted...
Possibility


Is something that may happen. I wrote about historical circumstances. The topic WAS possible, technically, but didnt happen because the involved parties hadn't really expanded far enough


While I knew posting "possiblity" was redundant given the topic title, I am not aware of any singular word that could describe an event that might occur.

I suppose what your describing could be called Alternative History, which is a genre of fiction about this kind of thing
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User Info: MedeaLysistrata

MedeaLysistrata
1 month ago#7
Kant uses what he calls "problematic judgments" to cover things where it is that case that "possibly F's are G's"

counterfactuals aren't what you're looking for because they usually take the form of "if x doesn't/didn't happen, then y..."

edit: so you could use Problematic as the word you're looking for, but really only people familiar with Kant would know what you mean by that

EDIT: i totally misread the topic title, sorry. counterfactuals might work in this situation, but i'm still not sure: they're usually used to negate something that actually did happen, but i could be wrong
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User Info: cougre

cougre
1 month ago#8
Hmmm. Not an exact fit, but the term pseudohistory comes to mind.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pseudohistory
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artowen74
1 month ago#9
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1 month ago#10
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