Subject: RenFaire Glossary v.1.1 (regular posting)
From: From: Chris Laning CLaning@igc.apc.org
Date: Nov 1997
A RENAISSANCE FAIRE GLOSSARY (v.1.1)
Some of these terms are 16th century English; more of them have evolved as words used with a special meaning by Faire actors. Note that terms do vary quite a bit among different Faires.
- Actor, performer, participant Someone who works for, or at, Faire (usually in costume) either as paid staff or as a volunteer
- Anon goodbye (literally means "later")
- Bat Sweat/Dragon Piss Lemonade mixed with salt. Used to replace minerals and protect against dehydration.
- BFA Basic Faire Accent
- Bit or Gig a bit of acting, a skit, or a starting point for improvisation in character
- Boothie Someone that works for/in a booth selling games or merchandise.
- Carbon Condition said as a way not to yell "Fire!" in public
- Cross Keyes Inn a mythical place "right down that path over there," useful when you really have to leave, send someone away, end a conversation, or get out of sticky situations ("Good sir, I will meet you later at the Cross Keyes Inn.")
- E'en evening
- Faire Boogers black mucus (often coated with fire retardant :)
- Fairesite place where Faire is being held
- Fie! (pronounced "Fy!") equivalent to "Darn it!"
- Flanders literally the Netherlands, figuratively means "somewhere far away where they have strange customs." ("Far Cathay" is even farther and stranger.)
- Flemish painter a camera
- God's Blood, God's Teeth, etc. fairly mild (by Elizabethan standards) swear words
- Good Morrow (or "Good den") Hello
- Gramercy thank you
- Hawker Someone that tries to bring customers into their booth.
- Hog Tie When a group of members of (usually) the opposite sex circle you and you must kiss each one to get out . -- Fairy Ring Same as Hog Tie but the group surrounds a couple and they must kiss each other to get out.
- In Very Sooth really. Sometimes used as code for "I really mean this, I'm not just acting" (i.e. "In very sooth, I must away to the privies.")
- I' Faith really. Sometimes used as code for, "This *isn't* a real statement I'm about to make, I'm only acting." ("I'faith, I have ne'er been to school.")
- Kissing John Barleycorn Drunk -- John Barleycorn a figure symbolizing grain -- "the blood of John Barleycorn" Ale or beer
- Mayhap maybe
- Pageant a skit or short play, often performed in the street
- Pet paying customer who comes weekend after weekend, in a costume possibly better than yours, and soaks it all up...
- A Pox on you I hope you contract a horrible incurable disease and die
- Privy bathroom
- Privy Monster a creature that inhabits the privy and eats small children.
- Recover put your hat back on (after doffing it to the nobility)
- Rennie person who goes from Faire to Faire performing/working
- Shire (or "our shire") a mythical English locality where the Faire is set (It often has its own name, i.e. "Chipping-Under-Oakwood" for the RPF Faires in California. "Chipping" is derived from the same word as "cheap," and means "market.") -- Likewise, "Ah, the fair Shire of the South Bay, yes, I know that area."
- Spaniard sometimes used as a code word for an emergency of some kind.
- Traveler traditional (at Faire) term for paying visitor, in reference to their "odd" (i.e. 20th century) clothing and speech.
- Turkey sarcastic (or affectionate) nickname for Faire customer -- Turkey With Dressing same as above but in costume. -- Customer, patron, visitor, guest more polite terms for paying visitor to Faire
- "The Beer Is In The Pickup Truck" Faire is over for the day, it's time to revert to the 20th century (to be most effective, should be said with a broad Deep South accent)
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