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Would the average person in the Forgotten Realms call Mind Flayers "Mind Flayers" or "Illithid?"

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The average person living on the surface almost certainly knows them as Mind Flayers, if they know them at all

Dragon #281 includes the article "By Any Other Name: Races of the Underdark", about the naming conventions of the various races that live in the Underdark, which explains that in their native telepathic communication mind flayers are identified by a sort of thought-image or pattern, but that:

... when members of the other races of the Underdark have need to refer to a particular illithid, they usually try to translate his identifying thought-image into the trade tongue of Undercommon.

This is accompanied by a couple of tables which suggest that the word "illithid" itself is formed from the two Undercommon words "illi", meaning "mind", and "thid", meaning "flayer/ruler" - so illithid is literally just the Undercommon word meaning "mind flayer".

Undercommon is a rare language on the surface, and mind flayers themselves are even rarer; it seems very unlikely that the term "illithid" would have made its way into other languages as a loanword, given the language would be very rarely encountered and the term very rarely useful. Undercommon speakers who had occasion to tell surface-dwellers about the illithid would presumably have just directly translated to "mind flayer" to preserve the meaning.

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    \$\begingroup\$ If a common man knew anything at all about a Mind Flayer it likely would be short lived as he would probably have been lunch or never seen again. \$\endgroup\$ – Slagmoth May 25 at 18:54

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