The Pilgrims talked a little differently than we do today. If you visit the Museum's 17th-Century English Village, you will notice that the townspeople say words you know in a funny way, or even say some words you don't know at all. That's because they are speaking in 17th-century English, not 21st-century modern English.
Here are a few examples of English words, greetings and phrases that would have been used by the Pilgrims. Practice them at home and you could talk like a Pilgrim too!
Instead of "Hi, how are you?" the colonists might say:
- Good morrow
- How now?
- How do you fare?
- What cheer?
Instead of "Goodbye," the colonists might say:
- God bye to you
- Fare thee well
- Pray remember me
Instead of "Cat," the colonists might say:
Instead of "Backward," the colonists might say:
- Arsy varsy
Instead of "Pillowcase," the colonists might say:
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