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4.13.5 Middle (Archaic) Achaean

For those hardy few trying to speak Middle (Archaic) Achaean properly: please
stop. Most of you have it horribly wrong! Throwing in thee and ye and the
occasional 'eth' at the end of verbs just doesn't cut it.

Now, if you're serious, here are a few tips.

Thou  - you, one person, subject of sentence.
        e.g. Thou art a fool.
Thee  - you, one person, object of sentence.
        e.g. I throw a rotten vegetable at thee.
Thy   - your, one person.
        e.g. Thy face bringeth new meaning to the term 'pox.'
Thine - 'thy', before a vowel.
        e.g. Thine abilities are below my scorn.
Ye    - you, plural.
        e.g. Varlets, I despise the excrescences ye call speech.
Your  - your, plural.
        e.g. Your odour surpasseth that of a pack of sweating yaks.

Let's pick an action word completely at random and use it:

I kill.        /  We kill.      ** NOT I killeth.
Thou killest.  /  Ye kill.      ** NOT Thou killeth.
He killeth.    /  They kill.

aye           - yes             nay           - no
anon          - soon            adjure        - warn
hither        - here            thither       - there
kine          - cows            coney         - rabbit
doughty       - fearless        poltroon      - coward
pusillanimous - cowardly        miscreant     - evildoer
knave         - unprincipled    fain          - gladly
prithee       - 'please...?'    doom          - judgement
withal        - in addition     woot          - knows
veritable     - true; real      forsooth      - indeed; truly
assay         - to try          an            - if
certes        - surely          pray          - please
mayhap        - maybe/perhaps   methinks      - it seems to me
drat!         - may god rot it  wherefore     - why
verily        - truly; really   repair (to)   - go to
craven        - coward          boon          - favour, blessing
thilke        - the same        for the nonce - for the moment
vouchsafe     - grant/bestow    fie           - (a curse on someone)
avaunt        - let's go!       hight         - named/called
enow          - enough          lest          - or else
deign         - condescend ("Wouldst deign to accompany me?")
yon           - that (as in, 'yon tome that lieth upon the pedestal')

sirrah           - contemptuous for 'sir'   varlet  - rascal, knave
mountebank       - trickster                coxcomb - conceited
popinjay         - vain, blabby person      poltroon- coward
slubberdegullion - wretch

Sirrah! I insult thee yet and anon. Let thy kine wither and thine insolence be
revealed as is meet for such a miscreant. To thy kin, varlets and popinjays
all: I pronounce doom most hideous upon ye. Come hither and I shall prove upon
your bodies the verity of my claims. Your poltroonery is but the beginning of
the infamy which shall be made known withal.