Elizabethan English

Elizabethan English (So Fancy!)

  • The Elizabethan alphabet contained 24 letters, as opposed to the present day alphabet of 26 letters
  • In the Elizabethan alphabet the letters "u" and "v" were the same letter as were and "i" and "j"
  • The "j" was usually used as the capital form of the letter "i" in the Elizabethan alphabet
  • The letter "u" was used only in the middle of a word, and the "v" was used at the beginning!
  • Another letter which resembled a "y" was used to represent the "th" sound. The word "the" was therefore written in a similar way as "ye" would in the modern day
  • The written form of Elizabethan Numbers also cause confusion in translation
  • Numbers were frequently written in lower case Roman numerals, with the last "i" in a number written as a "j". For example - viij March
  • Many words used in the Elizabethan language are no longer in use. Other words have replaced them or the original meaning and use of the words are no longer required
  • An amusing example of words now 'extinct' in the modern English language is 'gong'. The Elizabethan word 'gong' meant dung. The men whose job was to empty and dispose of the waste from the privies (toilets) were called 'Gong Farmers'!

  • A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W Y

    Contemporary Elizabethan
    Advice : Counsel
    Away : Aroint
    Beg : Pray
    Boy (used to address a male of
    inferior rank) : Sirrah
    By the Virgin Mary (a mild expletive
    meaning “indeed”) : Marry
    Chase (romance, as in boy chases
    girl) : Woo
    Come here : Come hither
    Curse : Plague
    Days -morrow (to the morrow)
    Depressed : Heavy
    Desire : Will
    Does : Doth
    Enemy : Foe
    Even; evening : E’en
    Farewell : Adieu
    Go : Hie
    Goodbye : Fare thee well; God save thee; I shall
    see thee anon
    Hello Good day; Good morrow; Well met
    Here : Hither
    I think : Methinks
    If :An
    Ignore that : Shun that
    Informed : Privy
    Kill : Dispatch
    Listen Hark; Hark now
    Maybe : Perchance
    Contemporary : Elizabethan
    Misery : Woe
    Never : Ne'r
    News : Tidings
    No : Nay
    Nothing : Nought
    Often : Oft
    Order : Decree
    Pay attention to : Mark
    Plan : Resolve
    Provided : Wrought
    Sad : Heavy
    Soon : Anon
    Speaks : Discourses
    Thank you : Grammercy
    There : Thither
    To which : Whereto
    Truly : Verily
    Wait a minute : Soft
    Why : Wherefore
    Wish : Would
    With :Withal
    Yes : Aye
    You : Thee;Thou
    You are : Thou art
    You should :Thou should'st
    You would : Thou would'st
    Your : Thy

Comment Stream

2 years ago
2 years ago

I have noticed some of this language in the story already.