JSG asked in Society & CultureLanguages · 2 months ago

Do "officially" and "canonically" mean the same thing?

Hi. Do "officially" and "canonically" mean the same thing? "Canonically" in the context I am using the term refers to fiction.

I know if something is canon it's an official part of some fictional universe.

Please help. Thank you.

3 Answers

  • Zirp
    Lv 7
    2 months ago

    No they don't 

  • 2 months ago

    Close, but not quite.  Canons are church laws, so "canonical" means legal in a church sense.  Something can be official without being canonical.

  • Anonymous
    2 months ago

    Sort of, but not exactly. What is and isn't "canon" in a fictional context is really complicated actually.

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