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26th Jan '17 7:46:36 PM PaulA
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* In ''[[{{Literature/Foundation}} Foundation and Empire]]'', Magnifico's speech is rendered similar to this (stated to be the accent of the galactic center). ''Foundation and Earth'' features a LostColony on Alpha Centauri speaking an even more archaic dialect (stated to be "Classical Galactic").

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* ''Literature/{{Foundation}}'' series:
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In ''[[{{Literature/Foundation}} Foundation and Empire]]'', ''Literature/FoundationAndEmpire'', Magnifico's speech is rendered similar to this (stated to be the accent of the galactic center). ''Foundation and Earth'' center).
** ''Literature/FoundationAndEarth''
features a LostColony on Alpha Centauri speaking an even more archaic dialect (stated to be "Classical Galactic").
9th Jan '17 1:46:12 PM Trying2CIt
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The immense popularity of Creator/WilliamShakespeare and the King James version of Literature/TheBible has made the style in which those works were written very popular. For this reason, Flowery Elizabethan English is often the first thing that writers turn to when they want to show that a character is ''extremely'' old-fashioned -- generally more so than an ordinary human could be. His speech will be sprinkled with terms like "prithee" or "forsooth", use archaic pronouns like "thou" or "ye", and archaic verb endings like "-est" or "-eth".

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The immense popularity of Creator/WilliamShakespeare and the King James version of Literature/TheBible has made the style in which those works were written very popular. For this reason, Flowery Elizabethan English is often the first thing that writers turn to when they want to show that a character is ''extremely'' old-fashioned -- generally more so than an ordinary human could be. His speech will be sprinkled with terms like "prithee" or "forsooth", use archaic pronouns like "thou" or "ye", and archaic verb endings like "-est" or "-eth".
9th Jan '17 1:45:44 PM Trying2CIt
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The immense popularity of Creator/WilliamShakespeare and the King James version of Literature/TheBible has made the style in which those works were written very popular. For this reason, Flowery Elizabethan English is often the first thing that writers turn to when they want to show that a character is ''extremely'' old-fashioned -- generally more so than an ordinary human could be. Their speech will be sprinkled with terms like "prithee" or "forsooth", and use obsolete pronouns like "thee" or "thou".

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The immense popularity of Creator/WilliamShakespeare and the King James version of Literature/TheBible has made the style in which those works were written very popular. For this reason, Flowery Elizabethan English is often the first thing that writers turn to when they want to show that a character is ''extremely'' old-fashioned -- generally more so than an ordinary human could be. Their His speech will be sprinkled with terms like "prithee" or "forsooth", and use obsolete archaic pronouns like "thee" "thou" or "thou".
"ye", and archaic verb endings like "-est" or "-eth".



This even occurs in translated works, where it [[PragmaticAdaptation may signal]] a similar level of old-fashionedness in the original, or, in a language like Japanese, a formal or traditional style of speech that has no direct analogue in English.

In extreme cases, the characters may use GratuitousIambicPentameter as well. When done badly, perhaps for [[RuleOfFunny humor]], may shade into YeOldeButcheredeEnglishe. For characters who speak like they came from the much-later Victorian era, see AntiquatedLinguistics. TalkLikeAPirate is similar, but quite distinct.

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This even occurs in translated works, where it [[PragmaticAdaptation may signal]] a similar level of old-fashionedness being old-fashioned in the original, or, in a language like Japanese, a formal or traditional style of speech that has no direct analogue in English.

In extreme cases, the characters may use GratuitousIambicPentameter as well. When done badly, perhaps for [[RuleOfFunny humor]], it may shade into YeOldeButcheredeEnglishe. For characters who speak like they came come from the much-later Victorian era, see AntiquatedLinguistics. TalkLikeAPirate is similar, but quite distinct.



* Parodied in a comedy version of ''ComicBook/AlphaFlight'', in which the Native American character, Yukon Jack, a loincloth-clad savage from the Canadian north woods whose tribe has had very limited contact with the outside world, speaks fluent Shakespearian all the time.

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* Parodied in a comedy version of ''ComicBook/AlphaFlight'', in which the Native American character, Yukon Jack, a loincloth-clad savage from the Canadian north woods whose tribe has had very limited contact with the outside world, speaks fluent Shakespearian Shakespearean all the time.
3rd Nov '16 9:13:17 PM nombretomado
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* ''HomeMovies'' - Mr. Lynch, running the Medieval Faire, insists his employees all talk this way. Coach Mc Guirk doesn't get it, or just doesn't care - when told to talk "in Elizabethan" he speaks in an effeminate falsetto.

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* ''HomeMovies'' ''WesternAnimation/HomeMovies'' - Mr. Lynch, running the Medieval Faire, insists his employees all talk this way. Coach Mc Guirk doesn't get it, or just doesn't care - when told to talk "in Elizabethan" he speaks in an effeminate falsetto.
30th Oct '16 2:09:36 PM nombretomado
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* ''[[ComicBook/TheMightyThor Thor]]'', and all of the other Asgardians of the MarvelUniverse, spoke until recently in Ren Faire-esque English. There have been several nods to Shakespeare over the years, including many quotes, mis-quotes, and even the character Volstagg the Voluminous, a parody of Creator/WilliamShakespeare's Falstaff (from ''HenryIV parts 1 and 2''). (The most recent relaunch of the character has him and his fellow Asgardians speaking formally but not archaically, and they keep their own font.)

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* ''[[ComicBook/TheMightyThor Thor]]'', and all of the other Asgardians of the MarvelUniverse, spoke until recently in Ren Faire-esque English. There have been several nods to Shakespeare over the years, including many quotes, mis-quotes, and even the character Volstagg the Voluminous, a parody of Creator/WilliamShakespeare's Falstaff (from ''HenryIV ''Theatre/HenryIV parts 1 and 2''). (The most recent relaunch of the character has him and his fellow Asgardians speaking formally but not archaically, and they keep their own font.)
21st Oct '16 2:45:56 PM 0nyx
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* Minnie Mandy from ''Webcomic/GrimTalesFromDownBelow'' consistently speaks this way.
12th Sep '16 8:48:16 PM Xtifr
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* In ''Literature/EmpireStar'' by Creator/SamuelRDelany, the spacer woman Charona speaks this way, presumably as a translation convention to suggest that her dialect is older and more formal than Jo's.
22nd Aug '16 4:37:51 PM nombretomado
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* In the ''{{Belgariad}}'', Arendish folks talk like this, particularly the Mimbrates...though the Asturians deliberately change accents out of their contempt for the Mimbrates. One (non-Arendish) character trying to [[TVGenius sound intelligent]] speaks like this for a few pages, before being explicitly told that she sounds ridiculous. Thoroughly and hilariously {{lampshaded}} in ''The Malloreon'' when Poledra remarks that if they stick around the Arends long enough, everyone will be doing it. For his part, Eddings not only does the style grammatically, but (in ''The Rivan Codex'') is highly critical of those who try but get it wrong.
* Appears several times in ''TheElenium''. All the speaking dead, whether they died centuries before or a few days before. A man playing a ressurected dead hero speaks this way, plagiarizing an old play. Also [[spoiler: Bhelliom speaks this way]].

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* In the ''{{Belgariad}}'', ''Literature/{{Belgariad}}'', Arendish folks talk like this, particularly the Mimbrates...though the Asturians deliberately change accents out of their contempt for the Mimbrates. One (non-Arendish) character trying to [[TVGenius sound intelligent]] speaks like this for a few pages, before being explicitly told that she sounds ridiculous. Thoroughly and hilariously {{lampshaded}} in ''The Malloreon'' when Poledra remarks that if they stick around the Arends long enough, everyone will be doing it. For his part, Eddings not only does the style grammatically, but (in ''The Rivan Codex'') is highly critical of those who try but get it wrong.
* Appears several times in ''TheElenium''.''Literature/TheElenium''. All the speaking dead, whether they died centuries before or a few days before. A man playing a ressurected dead hero speaks this way, plagiarizing an old play. Also [[spoiler: Bhelliom speaks this way]].
20th Aug '16 10:26:22 AM Oecchi
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* The English dub of ''Manga/{{Inuyasha}}'' has the elderly priestess talk this way, which is fair enough as she's from the Warring States Era. However, the writers apparently noticed that this was annoying, so ''only and specifically'' the priestess does it - every other character just speaks normal English, and Inuyasha himself is outright slangy.

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* The English dub of ''Manga/{{Inuyasha}}'' has the elderly priestess Kaede talk this way, which is fair enough as she's from the Warring States Era. However, the writers apparently noticed that this was annoying, so ''only and specifically'' the priestess Kaede does it - every other character just speaks normal English, and Inuyasha himself is outright slangy.
13th Aug '16 8:40:45 PM nombretomado
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** Most of the characters in the [[NintendoDS DS]] [[VideoGameRemake remake]] of ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyIV'' speak this way. Cecil, Golbez, and Kain still have this dialect in ''DissidiaFinalFantasy''.

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** Most of the characters in the [[NintendoDS [[UsefulNotes/NintendoDS DS]] [[VideoGameRemake remake]] of ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyIV'' speak this way. Cecil, Golbez, and Kain still have this dialect in ''DissidiaFinalFantasy''.''VideoGame/DissidiaFinalFantasy''.
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