High Speech

An-Tet

—An intimate emotional link among those linked by the same destiny
—Can also imply sexual intimacy

Anti-Ka

—A force that works against one’s destiny

Aven Kal

—Literal: lifted on the wind, carried on the wave
—What happens when a Beam wants to communicate with someone

Aven-Car

—Carrying a kill and preparing it into something else

Aye

—An affirmative response; yes

Bondsman

—One who is bound to serve their dinh or ka-tet

Can Calah

—Angels

Canda

—The distance which assures a pair of outnumbered gunslingers will not be killed by a single shot

Can-Char

—Death Gods

CanKa-NoRey

—The field of roses surrounding the Dark Tower

Char

—A root word meaning death

 

Charyou Tree

—Root word char. Human sacrifice to punish sins and bring good crops

Commala

—Celebration of the harvest season (also has many non-High Speech slang meanings)

Chassit

—An old High Speech word for the number nineteen (19)

Chissit

—An old High Speech word for the number eighteen (18)

Chussit

—An old High Speech word for the number seventeen (17)

Dan-Dinh

—To turn over one’s insoluble problems to one’s dinh

Dan-Tete

—Little savior

Dash-Dinh

—Religious leader

Delah

—Many

Dinh

—Lord, leader

Gan

—The creator of the universe, analogous to God

Glammer

—Enchantment or magic

Graf

—A strong apple beer

Gunna

—All of one’s worldly possessions

Heartbox

—The internal box which produces all of man’s feelings of love and sadness, joy and regret

Hile

—A formal Mid-World greeting or summons

Irina

—The healing madness that comes after loss

Ka

—Destiny or fate

Ka-Dinh

—Leader of ka-tet

Kal

—More forceful version of “kas”, hurricane or tsunami

Ka-Mai

—Ka’s fool, someone with hope but no real choices; also, “fool of ka-tet”

Ka-Me

—Opposite of ka-mai, ka’s wiseman

Kammen

—Chimes

Kas

—Wind
—Wave

Ka-Shume

—Feeling that ka-tet is about to break

Ka-Tel

—Class of apprentice gunslingers

Ka-Tet

—A group of people summoned and bound by ka

Kes

—Strength

Ki’Box

—The internal box which houses all of man’s selfish drives, petty jealousness, and the nastiest, darkest secrets of their souls

Khef

—Water of life
—The sharing of thoughts between members of ka-tet
—Life force

Manni

—A religious group

Ma’Sun

—War-chest; a collection of weapons

Mia

—Mother

Popkin

—Sandwich

Prim

—The sea of primal chaos that the universe arose from. It has receded since the universe has progressed

Rustle

—To take a woman by force, to rape

-sai

—A polite suffix meaning Sir or Ma’am

Seppe-Sai

—The death-seller

Sh’veen

—Side-wife

-soh

—A polite suffix directed to younger persons, similar to the Japanese -chan; used in place of -sai

Te-ka

—Destiny’s friend (only used in Low Men in Yellow Coats)

Telamei

—To gossip about someone whom one shouldn’t

Tet

—A group of people with the same interests and goals; abbreviation of ka-tet

Tet-fa

—A friend of a ka-tet, but not an actual member

Thankee

—Thank you

Thinny

—A “weak spot” in reality where the barrier between worlds has grown unstable

Thoughtbox

—Colloquial: The internal box which hatches all the head’s ideas and dreams

Twinner

—A doppelganger of a person found in a different level of the Tower

Uffi

—A shapeshifter

Urs-A-Ka Gan

—The song of the Bear; the cry or scream of the Bear

Ves’-Ka Gan

—The song of the Turtle