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rtilryarms
03-10-2008, 02:17 AM
I am editing one of my WIP's and described a legal word "witnesseth" as being a gothic word. When I wrote it long ago and struggled with the right word.

What period in time would describe "witnesseth" even though it is still used perpetually?

Mumut
03-10-2008, 03:11 AM
I've seen 'archaic' used as well as Old English.

Medievalist
03-10-2008, 03:53 AM
It's not Old English; it is archaic, and is still used in legal documents today, particularly wills.

rtilryarms
03-10-2008, 05:31 AM
Thanks guys. That is considerably better than gothic.
Although the word is still widely used and therefore not technically archaic, the context in which I am writing, this will work.

Medievalist
03-10-2008, 05:39 AM
Thanks guys. That is considerably better than gothic.
Although the word is still widely used and therefore not technically archaic, the context in which I am writing, this will work.

Archaic doesn't mean a word isn't widely used; it means that the word is in fact old, even ancient, and its use is therefore "marked" or special.

HeronW
03-11-2008, 04:19 PM
try this :}

http://www.britac.ac.uk/portal/resource.asp?ResourceID=880