Speaking forsoothly

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Speaking forsoothly is a practice carried out in some parts of the SCA in which a more period atmosphere is attempted through means of speech. This is done through the use of Elizabethan English grammar, and the use of metaphors for overtly modern items.

Despite the fact that Elizabethan English was only used for a short part of SCA period, its use to create a medieval atmosphere has its origins before the SCA. Until the early 20th century most translations of medieval texts were rendered into Elizabethan grammar.