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Learn (Olde-ish) English
The Maryland Renaissance Festival boasts its own unique argot -- not so much Ye Olde English as British for American Dummies. They're not the accents of the period, but they're accents American audiences can understand, Spedden said.
These words and phrases tend to pop up often:
Wench: old definition: "sexually loose or immoral woman"; festival definition: spirited, healthy country girl
God's wounds: The strongest oath/swear-word you'll hear from festival folks. You might recognize its abbreviation, "Zounds!"
God ye good den: The equivalent of "Have a good day!"
Adieu: When the festival closes at night, you're likely to hear this, because nobles like to parade their French.
August 28, 2010