OLDE ENGLISH LANGUAGE GUIDE
Good Morrow! Queen Elizabeth is inviting all citizens of the realm to celeb rate her victory overthe Spanish Armada. The London Bridge Renaissance Faire invites you to become more than a spectator. For the best experience, you first must learn the Renaissance-Elizabethan language to speak like a native.
Always address the Queen & the Royal Court with utmost respect! And be sure to practice the language before the Faire. Having a hard time remembering? Download our Olde English Pocket Guide to have handy while at the events!
ADDRESSING THE ROYAL COURT:
The Queen = Her Majesty, Your Majesty
Court Ladies = My Lady, Good Madam
Court Men = My Lord, Good Sir
Archbishop = Your Grace
Noblewomen = My Lady, Noble Lady, Noble Madam
Villagers = Good Mistress, My Good Women, Good Master
Hello, nice to see you = Hail & well met
Good day = Good morrow
Good evening = Good e’en
How are you? = How now?
What time is it?= How stands the hour?
What is your name? = What by thy tide?
Where are the restrooms? = Whither be the privies?
I'm thirsty = I be parched.
Please wait on me! = Prithee, attend me!
I have to go= I must away
Thank you = Grammercy
Sailor’s cheer = HUZZAH!
are = art
ask, request = beseech
away = aroint
between = betwixt
can = canst
comes, coming = cometh
curse = fie
do, does = dost
done, made, created = wrought (e.g., See what God hath wrought)
enough = enow
friend, companion = fere
from now on = henceforth
from where = whence (e.g., Whence, comest thou? translates as Where do you come from?)
goodbye = fare-thee-well
grow, become = wax
has = hath
here = hither
horrible = pudh
know = wit ( e.g., Canst thou wit what the day shall bring?)
linger, deliberate, wait, stay, or pause = tarry
maybe = mayhap; perchance; belike
never = ne'r
no = nay
nothing = naught
often = oft
over there = yon
please = prithee; pray
sell = syllan
silverware, fork = pece
stand above others in a snobby way = tallt
there = thither
think or suppose = trow (Wilt thou labor for naught? I trow not!")
to where = whither (e.g., Whither thou goest, I shall go translates as Where you go, I will go)
very, truly = verily
why = wherefore
will = wilt; shall; shalt
years ago = yore
yes = aye, yea
you = thee; thou (polite form of thou = ye)
your = thine; thy
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