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ELIZABETHAN LANGUAGE TERMS

CONTEMPORARY ELIZABETHAN

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

To view more Elizabethan terms visit Haney's Pub: Elizabethan Language Lexicon (http://members.cox.net/hapnueby/lexicon.html).

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ELIZABETHAN LANGUAGE TERMS

ELIZABETHAN CONTEMPORARY

Listed below are some common Elizabethan terms you will come across while reading Shakespeare. Use them to help you become familiar with the language, as a reference while reading, and as a resource for writing in your journal.

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

To view more Elizabethan terms visit Haney's Pub: Elizabethan Language Lexicon (http://members.cox.net/hapnueby/lexicon.html).

Copyright 2006 IRA/NCTE. All rights reserved. ReadWriteThink.org materials may be reproduced for educational purposes. Image ©2006 JUPITERIMAGES, and its licensors. All rights reserved.

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