minstrel: Definition of Bardic

Ed Hopkins Ed.Hopkins at MCI.Com
Wed Apr 23 09:09:00 PDT 1997

> Definition of Bardic? (Does this answer vary from kingdom to kingdom, or
> person to person?) 

I vote "person to person".
According to the World Wide Webster <http://www.m-w.com/netdict.htm>:

   Bardic, adjective.
   1 : Pertaining to a bard or bards.

   Bard, noun.
   1 a : a tribal poet-singer skilled in composing and reciting
      verses on heroes and their deeds 
     b : a composer, singer, or declaimer of epic or heroic verse

   2 : a piece of armor or ornament for a horse's neck, breast, or flank

   Bard, transitive verb.
   1 : to furnish with bards
   2 : to dress meat for cooking by covering with strips of fat

> Do things like juggling, bellydance, etc., fall in with bardic? (And I
> guess from that question would those be appropriate topics for this list?)

Since "this list" is called minstrel, rather than bardic-l, I
think it's more important to ask whether juggling, bellydancing,
etc., fall in with...

   Minstrelsy, noun.
   1 : the singing and playing of a minstrel
   2 : a body of minstrels
   3 : a group of songs or verse

   Minstrel, noun.
   1 : one of a class of medieval musical entertainers;
       especially : a singer of verses to the accompaniment of a harp 
   2 a : MUSICIAN
     b : POET

-- Alfredo el Bufon
Pedant, noun.
  1 obsolete : a male schoolteacher
  2 a : one who makes a show of knowledge
    b : one who is unimaginative or who unduly emphasizes minutiae
        in the presentation or use of knowledge
    c : a formalist or precisionist in teaching

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