minstrel: The Bard

Ed Hopkins Ed.Hopkins at MCI.Com
Fri May 2 09:11:00 PDT 1997

> I just had an interesting thought...
> Since we have more or less established on this list that by the time the
> word "bard" made its way into the English language in the 14th/15th
> centuries from Gaelic, it had taken on derogotory connotations.  So what I
> was wondering was this. . .
> Was Shakespeare referred to in his own time as "The Bard," or is this a
> title that literary minded people gave to him later?

I seem to recall that his contemporaries named him "Upstart Crow",
a title which possibly had not yet taken on its current derogatory

My own groat's worth.

-- Alfredo el Bufon

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