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Speaketh Ye In This Manner

{from our Medieval Feast in 2011}

Hear ye, hear ye, good lords and ladies! This Friday, we shall gather together to celebrate a most joyous eventide in feast, song, and other entertainments. In preparation for this merry party, we offer the following Old English Tutorial (adapted from the Riverdale Kiwanis Medieval Faire) to instruct thee and thine family in how to speak in a way befitting the occasion, if thou dost desire:




Do you know the time?

Do / Dost

Dost thou know the time?

You are very pretty.

You are / Thou art

Thou art very pretty.

Your pants are purple.

Your / Thy

Thy breeches are purple.

You are quite handsome.

You / Ye

Ye are quite handsome.

I have been admiring you.

You / Thee

I have been admiring thee.

Where is the restroom?

Where / Whither

Whither is the privy?

Let's go there.

There / Thither

Let us go thither.

Come here.

Here / Hither

Come hither.

Do as you will.

Will / Wilt

Do as thou wilt.

I'll see you later.

Later / Anon

I will see thee anon.

Perhaps we'll meet then.

Perhaps / Perchance

Perchance we will meet then.

Maybe I'll bring the drinks.

Maybe / Mayhap or Belike

Mayhap I will fetch the ale.

What do you say?

You say / Say you

What say you?

Alright! Cool!

Alright / Splendid

'Tis most splendid!

He has nice clothes.

Has / Hath

He hath fine garments.

Good morning, ma'am.

Morning / Morrow

Good morrow, my lady.

Good day, sir.

Day / Den

Good den, my lord.

Good evening, bud.

Evening / Eventide or E'en

Good e'en, sirrah.

Get lost, bud.

Bud / Sirrah

Make thy leave, sirrah.

Greetings ladies / gentlemen.

Gentlemen / Good Gentles

Greetings, good gentles/ladies.

It's quite beautiful.

Beautiful / Beauteous

It is most beauteous.

Yes, I think so.

Yes / Yea or Aye

Yea, methinks so.

No, I don't think so.

No / Nay

Nay, methinks not.

Why do you need it?

Why / Wherefore

Wherefore needest it thou?

I ask you.

Ask You / Bid You

I bid you. Or, I bid THEE, if addressing one person.

Please, how much does it cost?

Please / Prithee or Pray

Prithee, what is the cost?

Thank you, you are kind.

Thank You / Grammarcy

Grammarcy, YE are most kind.

I think we're late.

I Think / Methinks

Methinks that we are late.

I swear!

Swear / Troth

By my troth!

Truly, that's a fact.

Truly / Verily

Verily, it is so.

A long time ago.

Long / Goodly Length

A goodly length in times past.

Hey King

Addressing the King

Your Majesty or Majesty

Hey Queen

Addressing the Queen

Your Highness or Your Grace

The Queen is coming.

Speaking of the Queen

Her Grace cometh.

Good afternoon, Duke.

Addressing a Duke/Duchess

Good den, Your Grace.

Good evening, sir.

Addressing Nobility

Good eventide, My Lord.

Good morning, ma'am.

Addressing Nobility

Good morrow, My Lady.

Hello, Constable (or Knight).

Addressing Officeholders

Your Honor (or Your Worship)

Good Morning

Addressing Well-Dressed

Good Morning Sir (or Mistress)

My friend, how are you?

Addressing an Equal

Goodman/wife, how farest thou?

Come here, kid.

Addressing Children

Come hith
er, my lad/lass.

What's your name, kid?

Addressing Children

What be thy name?

Waitress, drinks all around!

Addressing Serving Woman

Wench, beakers all around!

I don't know him.

Don't know / Know Not

I know not that name.

I have nothing.

Nothing / Naught

I have but naught.

Goodbye, my friend.

Goodbye / Fare Thee Well

Fare thee well, My Goodman.

Goodbye, ladies.

Goodbye / Adieu

Adieu, My Good Ladies.

Embellish thy language! If one word wouldst do, be thou sure to use two!

Pepper thy speech by inserting “right”, “well”, and “most” whitherto possible!

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