I guess people don’t join clubs in the Emelan universe.
i know you meant it as an offhand comment, but it still made me curious as to well why don’t they join clubs? is it because clubs are too modern of a thing? so i proceeded to look up the etymology of club as social group.
so according to the internet (multiple sources), club-as-social-group came into use in england around the late 17th century. and other languages borrowed it, but clubs started off as a uniquely british thing. also a more upperclass thing too, because you often had to pay money to join them.
so, simple explanation is too british, seeing as we’re in the universe’s rough analog to greece and i’d say too modern sounding but that’s not because of when club-as-social-group came into use but when the idiom join the club came into use, which, if i’m reading this graph right, could be either 1900’s or 1960’s. either way, more modern than the time period that this universe seems to be.
i was going to say that ‘join the guild’ does not make sense, because the general meaning of guild being like union of craftspeople, but now that i think about it, guild could also have the connotations of group-with-commonalities,which is how club is used in ‘join the club’, so it could make just as much sense. especially as keith is a craftsperson (they have guilds), and not nobility (who have clubs), so it’s not surprising that he says guild instead of club.
though it’s probably join the guild instead of join the club because club sounds too modern.
i was just curious, and looked things up and thought them interesting enough to share
sources/interesting related links: Club, an association, or an entymologist’s thoughts on how the meaning changed, and it’s not from clump, though that’s what everywhere else says the source is the source for the graphuse of the phrase over time in books.