(noun) a slightly disreputable barroom
I have to work very hard this month to not make this a list of fantasy-themed words. I can’t help it; I write fantasy, and so I am always on the lookout for words that will make my fantasy writing better. Groggery is one such word that I couldn’t resist.
I get tired writing about taverns in fantasy stories. I know, I know, maybe I should base my stories in other settings, but I just can’t help it. I happen to love the idea of a good tavern. Well, maybe not a “good” tavern per se, but you know what I mean. The kind that has the old experienced bartender that has seen THINGS. The bar is always full of world-weary patrons just wanting to forget their troubles for a while. Someone is playing piano in the corner, and everyone stops what they’re doing when the hero walks in. Basically, a plot device disguised as a setting.
In real life, I don’t really like bars or taverns. Hard to be a proper introvert when you’re surrounded by tipsy people looking to chat with other tipsy people. I prefer to save my drunken antics for the privacy of my own home, or at least a friend’s.
But I can’t change my silly idealistic notion of a good ol’ groggery. Here’s to you, fantasy-trope taverns! May your barrels never run dry!
Anyone else have a weakness for groggeries, real life or fictional? Let me know in the comments!