Trade talk

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The trade talk[1][2] or trade tongue[3] is the language of the wharves and docks and sailor's taverns. It a coarse jumble of words and phrases from a dozen languages, accompanied by hand signs and gestures, most of them insulting.[3] In Slaver's Bay it is a guttural sailor's pidgin influenced by Old Ghiscari.[2]

Sothoryi who dwell closest to the Summer Sea are said to have learned the trade talk.[4]

Known Speakers


  1. A Feast for Crows, Chapter 14, Brienne III.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 47, Tyrion X.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 A Feast for Crows, Chapter 34, Cat Of The Canals.
  4. The World of Ice & Fire, Beyond the Free Cities: Sothoryos.
  5. A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 14, Tyrion IV.