TIL of the “Tiffany Problem”. Tiffany is a medieval name—short for Theophania—from the 12th century. Authors can’t use it in historical or fantasy fiction, however, because the name looks too modern. This is an example of how reality is sometimes too unrealistic.


“Authors can’t use it in fantasy fiction, eh? We’ll see about that…”

–Terry Pratchett, probably

Terry Pratchett always has the best solution but also, like…just spell it Theophany. Sounds about the same, looks Ye Olde. 

I mean now I feel like I need to write a high fantasy novel about Theophany the noblewoman and her handmaidens three, all named Hyther.