minstrel: Definition of Bardic

Rex Deaver rdeaver at cgro.com
Wed Apr 23 09:59:56 PDT 1997

At 11:36 AM 4/23/97 -0500, mn13189 at WCUVAX1.WCU.EDU wrote:

>	Social Reforem is not a bad thing.  And I see the need to help
>people understand that a "bard" does not really mean a generic performer,
>but it once meant something else.  However, I also see the need to have a
>generic term for a performer for use in the SCA, in cases like the one
>mentioned above.  And I also know that the English language, like any
>other, is a fluid thing.  Words can change their meanings, and I think
>that the modern meaning of bard is signifigantly different that the Gaelic
>meaning.  To teach people about the true Gaelic bard, it is not neccesary
>to eliminate the word bard from your vocabulary meaning a generic

In the Brythonic celtic tongues, the word "bard" (or variation) meant simply
"poet", but also implied musical talents, usually harp.  Thus, outside
Gaelic areas, it *was* a more generic term.  


Rex Deaver
rdeaver at cgro.com	
"Things unattempted yet in prose or rhyme."

To unsubscribe from this list, send email to majordomo at pbm.com containing
the words "unsubscribe minstrel". To contact a human about problems, send
mail to owner-minstrel at pbm.com

More information about the minstrel mailing list