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Sleight of might - page 1 (png format) by Goosequillian Sleight of might - page 1 (png format) by Goosequillian
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This is my first attempt on giving a foretaste of mine Elizabethan-tongued novel in public. Elizabethan-English-readers and degusters are in pre-eminence.

Th' entire of the storyline is based upon the remarkable PC game yclept 'BALDUR'S GATE'.
I am entirely open unto (and curious of) ideas, suggestions, opinions and constructive critiques.

Page 1 can also be read in PDF format here:…

This page has been audiobooked on youtube:…
| My drifts stand on the following grounds: |
1. For the sake of forthtelling a Mid-Eld-tal’d writ clad in a tongue that fully befitteth the setting
2. For the sake of betokening th’ unbound manifoldness of th’ English word-hoard
3. For the sake of upwaking long-slotht and long-forgotten words erst bellows’d by our forefathers
4. For the sake of biggening the yieldiness of English with newly begotten words and wordings
5. For the sake of unfolding true English (= Anglo-Saxon) words that nighly had the life-length of a phœnix
6. For the sake of shewing a never-afore-seen depth & meting of word-craft unto the readers ward
7. For the sake of bringing aback the strong verbs [I found no English-sprung word hence]
8. For the sake of anew-working the law of spelling ’longing to inkhornwise spelt English words
9. For the sake of quickening outworn and wide-spreading seldseen folk-tongues
10. For the sake of kenning (= knowing asunder) the whences of speakers by merely their shire-tongue


ǀ ● ● Likely cloudy/outworn words: ● ● ǀ

[The traditional English letters (þ, Þ, ∫, ʆ, ȝ, Ȝ) are all elucidated within mine home page!]

- ►alarum◄ the first and original form of 'alarm', formerly used in all senses of the word, now almost always in poetical use
- ►ay◄ ever always, continually; at all times, on all occasions *OE*
- ►bedight◄ past participle of 'bedight': to array, bedeck, furnish, equip *ME*
- ►betider◄ that which betides or befalls: an accident *EME*
- ►bewraying◄ the action of revealing, discovering
- ►can◄ the northern version of 'gan' (past tense) *OE*
- ►clarity◄ brightness, lustre, splendour (an exceedingly common sense in the Elizabethan era)
- ►Daedalean◄ resembling the labyrinth of Daedalus, mazelike
- ►demi◄ half, partially
- ►durst◄ past tense of ‘dare’ *OE*
- ►eftsoons◄ very shortly/soon afterwards *OE*
- ►-enter/entre (prefix)◄ the initial form of 'inter-'
- ►evenglome◄ a recently revived Old English word: twilight, gloaming *OE*
- ►event◄ to come to pass
- ►grasshops◄ the former form of 'grasshopper' *OE*
- ►hurly-burly◄ in commotion, tumultuously, in confusion, confusedly *EME*
- ►hurtle◄ to emit a sound of collision: to clatter; to meet in shock or in encounter (literally and figuratively)
- ►jape◄ a recently revived Middle English word: to say or do something in jest or mockery; to jest
- ►kittle◄ requiring great caution or skill, difficult to deal with *OE*
- ►lanthorn◄ a varient of 'lantern', probably arisen because lanterns were formerly almost always made of horn
- ►leerness◄ emptiness *OE*
- ►nobbut◄ only, merely, just *ME*
- ►oftsithes◄ oftentimes, on frequent occasions *OE*
- ►overmore◄ in addition, furthermore, moreover *ME*
- ►passage◄ something that 'passes', goes on, takes place, or is done: an occurrence, an event
- ►restringed◄ confined, limited, restricted
- ►saught◄ - at saught: in peace, in agreement, free from strifle
- ►scop◄ a poet or a minstrel (an Old English word that has been revived since the 18th century) *OE*
- ►selfsame◄ (the) very same, identical
- ►spight◄ a common Elizabethan form of 'spite'
- ►therebeside◄ by the side of that, next to that, nearby *OE*
- ►tofore◄ archaic form of 'before' *OE*
- ►tokening◄ betokening, omen, portent *OE*
- ►transverse◄ in a transverse direction or position: transversely, across, athwart
- ►twimindedness◄ the quality or condition of having two minds or thoughts about something
- ►wee◄ a short time *ME*
- ►yule◄ Christmas *OE*
- ►ywis/iwis◄ certainly, assuredly, indeed, truly *OE*
- ►yclept/yclepped◄ called, named *OE*

ǀ ● ● Nonce (self-invented) words-: ● ● ǀ
- ►bylane◄ (probably self-invented word) a bypassage or alley
- ►to unbubble◄ to get puffed like a bubble
- ►to wildfire◄ to spread like wildfire
- ►cloudcaptness◄ something that is cloudcapt/cloudcapped: a high building, object, etc.

*OE* word derived from Old English
*ME* word derived from Middle English, exclusively an English word-invention
*EME* word derived from Early Modern English, exclusively an English word-invention
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