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How to Talk at a Renaissance Faire

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Get Ready for the Renaissance Festival

So you're planning on attending the renaissance faire, and you're all set to go -- you've got your costume ready, plans have been made with friends, and you've even exchanged some cash at the bank for dollar coins.

Sure you can walk the walk, but can you talk the talk? If you want to make the most out of the experience, you're going to want to be able to.

To make sure you fit in with the rest of the crowd, this guide will help you brush up on your 15th - 17th century words and phrases.

Use Titles When You Address People

Just like we do today, people of the renaissance had titles, too. Depending on who you'll be speaking to at the festival will determine the title that you should address them by.

Basic Renaissance Faire Titles

Generally, if you don't know the profession or stature of the person you're talking to, it's a wise choice to use the universal Sir andMistress. If you know that the woman you're speaking to is married, address her asMadame. You can also use the title Dame, but this is considered old fashioned for the time.

When talking to a person of nobility, use the titles Lord and Lady, and with royalty use Your Majesty or Your Grace.

  • Knights. If the person that you're speaking with is a knight, be sure to address them as such by calling them Sir [FIRST NAME] or Master [LAST NAME]. For example, a knight named Charles Wellington would be addressed as Sir Charles or Master Wellington. The wife of a knight would also be addressed a certain way. For example, Margaret Wellington may be called Margaret Lady Wellington or Lady Wellington.
  • Children. When talking to kids, you should also address them according to the time period. A boy named Greg Worth would be called Master Worth, and if they're of nobility, Lord Greg as well. A girl named Chelsea Worth would be called Mistress Chelsea or Mistress Worth. If she is of nobility, Lady Chelsea is another option.

Renaissance Faire Vocabulary

Since learning how to completely change your vocabulary around would take you a lot longer than you'd most likely be interested in, here's are some key phrases and words that you should be using at the renaissance faire.

You can easily change a sentence to sound appropriate at the renaissance festival by changing a few verb endings.

  • Does = Doth or Dost
  • Take = Takest or Taketh
  • Slay = Slayeth or Slayest
  • Bite = Biteth

Got the hang of it? When speaking in first person though, don't make any changes to the endings.

How to Speak at a Renaissance Faire

Greetings and Goodbyes

  • Good day = Hello/Good morning.
  • Good morrow = Hello/Good morning.
  • Well met! = Nice to see you!
  • How met! = How are you?
  • Farewell = Goodbye.
  • I bid thee farewell = Goodbye.
  • Anon = I will see you later.

Phrases

  • Thou dost takest my breath away = You take my breath away.
  • Mine eyes doth taketh interest in thee = I like what I see/You look great.
  • Sit you down and have a laugh! = Have a seat and chat!
  • Did thou eat most well? = Did you eat good?
  • Huzzah! = Horray!
  • I cry your mercy = I beg your pardon.
  • I thank thee = Thank you.
  • Thou art a strapping young lad = You're a fine looking gentleman.
  • Thou art a cutpurse! = You're a thief!
  • I tell ye truth = I'm telling the truth.

Useful Words

  • Prithee = Please.
  • Privvy = Bathroom.
  • Forswear = To lie or cheat.
  • Carouse = Party.
  • Haply = Hopefully.
  • Fie = A term of disgust.
  • Ere = Before.
  • Yes = Yea.
  • No = Nay.

Comments

Hi on March 03, 2020:

......... I can’t hardly talk

36811093 on February 24, 2020:

how do you say help

Boo on January 05, 2020:

Cpol

Terrie on October 19, 2019:

I will be going to the faire in Gilroy today in costume and using some of this language thanks so much:)

Elena on September 02, 2019:

How do u say lady and man

Journee on April 25, 2019:

how do you say what

micha on April 12, 2019:

is swuutcheth a word pls this is scaring me googler says it is but i can't fins it

P. Ewds on January 25, 2019:

How to say “this is how mafia works”

mopo on September 25, 2018:

I need a word for freek as in: the giant hairless rat is a freek! Thanks.

Lorraine Mangan on August 12, 2018:

Some of us be well advise-ed to take the pill which chilleths.

Katie on March 24, 2018:

This was extremely helpful I just went to the renaissance festival today and used this a couple of times

OSJ on January 09, 2017:

"Doth taketh"?!

No.

Either "taketh" or "doth take". These are equivalent to "takes" and "does take", and "doth taketh" would have been just as incorrect then as "does takes" would be today.

steve on October 04, 2016:

on our way to Casa De Fruta Renaissance Faire this weekend. Meeting with two other couples in RV's and costumes. We are repeat faire goers, but first time dressing up.... all 6 of us !!

Marissa from United States on May 30, 2012:

A friend of mine visits a local renaissance fair every year, and she makes it seem like so much fun. I should use this hub to learn the language and join her next year! :)

Jaye Denman from Deep South, USA on May 30, 2012:

Delightful article! This reminds me of Renaissance Faires I've attended, though it's been more than 15 years since the last one. This hub makes me want to search for photos I took at those Renaissance Faires and relive the enjoyment they gave me.

Renaissance Faires are so much fun and even better when one enters into the spirit of the event. Love your word glossary for the Faire....(However, you reversed the order of Yay and Nay in the list...may want to correct that.)

Jaye

Haunty from Hungary on May 30, 2012:

Wow, this is amazing! I love old-fashioned language. My favorite one: Get thee hence. = You are dismissed. :)