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Ye Olde Wordes

21 May 2018

What better way to begin our #WordNerd series than with Ye? We’ll be profiling words that make our work sound ‘Shakespeare-y’, and Bill uses ye more than 300 times.

When we say ‘Shakespeare-y’, we really mean early modern, the time roughly between 1500-1700. English went through some massive changes in that time, and Shakespeare’s works show us those changes in progress.

If you see ye and think you, then ye are certainly correct, in a number of ways. Ye may not have known, though, that the ‘Ye’ in all of those ‘Ye Olde’ shop signs actually means ‘The’, as in ‘The Old Curiosity Shop’.