A bit of OOC stuff about the dragon novel. Only in sythyry 'cause it's a poll.
In this irromantic story about dragons, I want to have words for male and female dragons that sound a bit less clinical than "male" and "female". "Dragoness" is fine for female.
I've been using "drake" for "male dragon".
Which is sort of sensible, 'cause that word (a) is sometimes used for a dragon, and (b) is sometimes used for a male (of another species).
Is that clear enough?
Does it make my male dragons sound like ducks?
Got any better suggestions?
Can you cite anyone else who does this, so I can say "Like D. H. Lawrence, I use 'drake'/'dragoness'" (for some value of D. H. Lawrence.)