minstrel: Definition of Bardic
Ed.Hopkins at MCI.Com
Wed Apr 23 09:51:00 PDT 1997
I overheard Gregory Blount, self-proclaimed social reformer, say to Og:
> > The words "garb", "feastocrat", and "remove" have all come to mean
> > things in the SCA which would be better served by the words "clothes",
> > "head cook", and "course". Change happens one person at a time, You,
> > for example, could ask the crowns of Atlantia to please call you the
> > Royal Minstrel instead of the Royal Bard, like James of Rutland did a
> > few years ago. Who knows if we'll change the world, but it's worth a
> > little effort.
To which His Royal Bardness (The Artist Formally Known To Princes),
Eogan Og MacLean, replied:
> I could. But then if the next "Royal *Performer*" did not happen to style
> his or her self as a minstrel, the name of the office would have to
> change. I think it would get a mite confusing to change the name every
> year. I think it would be great to have a more period title that
> described all performing arts (other than the un-spiff "Royal Performing
> Artist"), but unfortunately most period terms that take in all performers
> are less than complementary. . .
> Some generic terms are needed, I believe, to avoid confusion.
Quite so. And what better source for those much-needed generic
terms than specific terms with new meanings? If I may add a slightly
off-topic example to strengthen the case...
I don't like the terms "Heavy Weapons Fighter" or "Class-A Fighter"
to refer to all those who wield Rattan. They are, as Og would
say, un-spiff. (I would say the terms are not wlonk.) But I
just get blank stares when I say "cataphract". Therefore, I have
decided to use the term "Knight" to refer to any such fighter.
(As opposed to "Musketeer", who fights with epee or foil.)
It helps avoid confusion.
-- Alfredo el Bufon
Nalles aefter lyfte lacende hwearf|No more will it fly through the sky
middelnihtum, mathmaehta wlonc |In mid-night, wlonk of the sight
ansyn ywde; ac he eorthan gefeoll |of gold it stashed; to earth it crashed
for thaes hildfruman hondgeweorce.|by that warrior-king's handworking.
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