Is it allowable (by which I mainly mean probable for a character) to use the word or term 'Steampunk' in a Steampunk novel? I've thought about it, but I'm still not sure. It would clear up the problem of not knowing what to call 'that steam revolution in England' besides the afore mentioned. Anyone have nay thoughts?

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I wouldn't see why not. It largely depends on the world you are working in, I would guess. From what I've see "Steampunk" has a few set ideas about what is and isn't steampunk, but beyond that it is totally up to your imagination.  I would say write the story and see how it sounds. You can always edit and take it out later.
Thanks for the advice Warren. It helps answer a lot of questions to use the word 'Steampunk'. Not to mention it sounds very...unproper, I suppose, to a bunch of Southern gentry.

Warren C. Bennett said:
I wouldn't see why not. It largely depends on the world you are working in, I would guess. From what I've see "Steampunk" has a few set ideas about what is and isn't steampunk, but beyond that it is totally up to your imagination.  I would say write the story and see how it sounds. You can always edit and take it out later.
You could always have a gang of underground steam weapon runners that are called 'steam punks" heh.  And you are welcome, hope it goes well for you.

interesting question... and yeah... as with all fiction I go with the usual 'it depends' 

 

not trustin my own fautly reasoning.. I popped over to http://www.etymonline.com/

 

"worthless person" (especially a young hoodlum), 1917, probably from punk kid "criminal's apprentice," underworld slang first attested 1904 (with overtones of "catamite"). Ultimately from punk "prostitute, harlot, strumpet," first recorded 1590s, of unknown origin. For sense shift from "harlot" to "homosexual," cf. gay. By 1923 used generally for "young boy, inexperienced person" (originally in show business, e.g. punk day, circus slang from 1930, "day when children are admitted free"). The verb meaning "to back out of" is from 1920. The "young criminal" sense is no doubt the inspiration in punk rock first attested 1971 (in a Dave Marsh article in "Creem"), popularized 1976.
If you looked different, people tried to intimidate you all the time. It was the same kind of crap you had to put up with as a hippie, when people started growing long hair. Only now it was the guys with the long hair yelling at you. You think they would have learned something. I had this extreme parrot red hair and I got hassled so much I carried a sign that said "FUCK YOU ASSHOLE." I got so tired of yelling it, I would just hold up the sign. [Bobby Startup, Philadelphia punk DJ, "Philadelphia Weekly," Oct. 10, 2001]
punk (1) Look up punk at Dictionary.com
1896, "inferior, bad," also "something worthless," earlier "rotten wood used as tinder" (1680s), probably from Delaware (Algonquian) ponk, lit. "dust, powder, ashes;" but Gaelic spong "tinder" also has been suggested (cf. spunk "touchwood, tinder," 1580s). Meaning "Chinese incense" is from 1870.
punky Look up punky at Dictionary.com
1872, from punk (1) + -y (2).

 

not sure where the 1872 one comes from... since the (1) ref seems to come 'after it'???

 

but I believe if you come up with a reason for the 'invent' of the word *wink* then all is fair... it goes to much of steampunk which is making it 'fit' the world you've created...

 

Looking forward to seeing this shake out for you :D

Not sure if you are still working on this novel or not.  The steam revolution in England was the Industrial Revolution if that is what you are referring to.  As for the word "Steampunk" I would use whatever comes naturally to you.  You are the storyteller for this book and know the setting and characters better than anyone.  Use what feels best for the manuscript.

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