A Good Choice Of Words

Dec 2017
2
Seattle, WA
:) Hey everyone!!

It's my first day here and this is going to be an unusual first post...

I am working on a script for an animated film about the rock group Led Zeppelin. The timeline falls mainly between January 1969 and January 1970. But there are some dream sequence scenes that take place in the Medieval times and dialogue is a mixture of modern language and Old English. So I need to ask some questions. Specifically this:

1) Is there a term in Old English for someone who is {what psychologists call} a psychopath or sociopath??

2) The modern phrase is "take it easy". What is the closest word or phrase to that in Old English?

3) In Old English if you wanted to tell someone "be careful" or "watch out" then how would you do that in Medieval English. In the play "Romeo And Juliet" William Shakespeare used the phrase "look about". That was the 1600s. Wondering if anyone here can come up with something??

4) Was there a term in Old English for a person who is introverted or quiet??

Get back to me on this please!
Thanks!
Dylan :)
 

Asherman

Forum Staff
May 2013
3,406
Albuquerque, NM
Welcome to Historum. I believe you will find many friendly folks who can answer your questions ... if they can read them. Use high contrast type like white.
 
Jan 2016
591
United States, MO
K im not exactly the person to tell you the english phrases but your question needs a little clarification. Do you want Old English? English spoken in the high middle ages? or Shakespearean English? These are all different things. Old English is very old, like old enough that modern English speakers can’t read it or listen to it and know whats going on. Later on, after English becomes more Latinized following the Norman invasion. English becomes mostly legible but it can still be a strain. Just look up the original text of Canterbury Tales if you want an example of what I mean. And, technically Shakespeare lived after yhe medieval period, and he himself is a main figure of the renaissance in England.
 

Pedro

Forum Staff
Mar 2008
17,151
On a mountain top in Costa Rica. yeah...I win!!
The Keen Edge makes a good point. I could come up with 40 words in Old English for persons considered not to be playing with a full deck. Not one of them could be guessed at by a modern non-specialist. I would recommend sticking with Elizabethan English the tongue of Shakespeare. At least the reader won´t be overworked.
 
Dec 2017
2
Seattle, WA
:) Alright guys. Thanks! Maybe that will work given some of the things that Shakespeare worked from may go back further. Thanks again! :)