I absolutely love going to the Renaissance Festival every year. The costumes, the language, the food...I think it's a blast. It's also the ONE day of the year that I get my 10,000 steps in...maybe twice that much.

TERMINOLOGY

If you REALLY want to get involved...If you are bold enough...you need to know the lingo. I typically don't delve deep into conversations with those that know what's going on...but this year...I might try. Why not.

Here are some words you need to know to help you navigate a conversation at the Ren Fest.  You should ONLY use these words when you are speaking in third person; not first. Got it?  Maybe not. It takes a little practice.

DOTH

Instead of saying Does, Say Doth or Dost.

TAKE

Takest or Taketh

SLAY

Slayeth or Slayest

Bite

Biteth

Kelly Cordes

HERE ARE SOME PRE CUT PHRASES FOR YOU TO USE

If you want someone to sit down and chat, you can say, "Sit you down and have a laugh!"

If you need to say, "I beg your pardon?"  you could say, "I cry your mercy."

Maybe you need to go to the bathroom.  Maybe you could say, "I cry your mercy...Dost thow know the direction of thy nearest privvy?"

GREETINGS ARE IMPORTANT

  • Good day
  • Good Morrow
  • How Met?  Means How are you?
  • Farewell
  • I bid the farewell
  • Anon!   Means, "I'll see you later."

OTHER USEFUL WORDS

  • Prithee means please.
  • Privvy means bathroom.
  • Forswear means to lie or cheat.
  • Carouse means to party.
  • Haply means hopefully.
  • Ere means before.
  • Yea means yes.
  • Nay means no.
  • Cutpurse means thief.
  • Strapping young lad means your a handsome young man.

HUZZAH!

Yes. You'll hear this word shouted everywhere at the Ren Fest. Huzzah means Horray!  So just shout it like you mean it, and be prepared for someone to talk with ye, as thow is asking for trouble.