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Basic Trope: Bad attempts at Early Modern English.

  • Straight: In an episode of Crazy Time Travels, Alice and Bob Time Travel to the 1500s and meet Charles. Charles misuses "thou" and "thee" as second person plural pronons and sometimes uses wrong conjugations like "thou hath".
  • Exaggerated: Charles uses "thine" as an all-around second person pronoun. He also uses "thou" and "thee" as, respectively, first and third person pronouns, adds -eth and -est to pluralize nouns, spams -eth and -est on verbs regardless of tense, person and numbernote , and always uses "mine" instead of "my".
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  • Downplayed: Charles makes some subtle mistakes like using "thou art" and "thou wast" when he should have used the subjunctive forms. He also uses some anachronisms.
  • Justified: Charles's native language isn't English, and the mistakes mentioned in Straight aren't the only flaws in his grammar.
  • Inverted:
    • Alice and Bob travel to the 2500s. Since the 2000s, the English language has evolved in a highly improbable way.
    • The show tries to make Alice and Bob speak like modern teenagers. Half of their dialogue is outdated slang.
  • Subverted:
    • Crazy Time Travels is known for running on Rule of Fun and not bothering much with research. However, Charles's Early Modern English is grammatically correct.
    • Before approaching Charles for the first time, Alice insists that she does the talking. Bob, knowing that Alice is The Ditz, expects a terrible attempt at Early Modern English. However, Alice just speaks Modern English, and so does Charles.
  • Double Subverted:
    • To Subverted #1:
      • After the first episode in which the 1500s are visited, the writers decide that writing correct Early Modern English is too much work and that 99% of the target audience won't notice whether it's correct anyway. In the next episode, Charles speaks Ye Olde Butcherede Englishe.
      • Charles speaks some lines of correct Early Modern English, but the writers plagiarized them from a different work. When they try to write on their own, they end up writing Ye Olde Butcherede Englishe.
    • To Subverted #2: When Alice walks away from him, Charles switches to his native Butcherede Englishe (see Straight).
  • Parodied:
    • Charles speaks like described in Straight. Dina, who's also from the 1500s, calls him out for it and tells him to speak "properly", which means speaking Modern English.
    • Alice and Bob try to speak Early Modern English by literally taking a sentence in Modern English and adding -eth to everything. Charles calls them out and explains some differences between Early Modern English and Modern English.note 
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    • All the characters from the 1500s butcher their olde Englishe in different ways: Charles adds -eth to all verbs, Dina spams "thou" and "thee" regardless of number and case, Eric replaces every "my" and "thy" with "mine" and "thine", Frida uses "ye" instead of "the"...
    • The characters from the 1500s speak proper Early Modern English. Alice and Bob have to hide the fact that they're time travellers, but have no idea how archaic grammar works, so they just speak normal Modern English and add -eth to everything. The characters from the 1500s are fooled.
    • The following dialogue:
  • Zig Zagged: Depending on the Writer, Charles either speaks good archaic English, bad archaic English or Modern English.
  • Averted:
  • Enforced:
    Writer: Here's the script for the episode that takes place in the 1500s.
    Meddling executives: Why do the characters from the 1500s speak the same way as Alice and Bob? It doesn't make any sense.
    Writer: But I don't know anything about how archaic grammar works.
    Meddling executives: You're writing for a kid's show. Just throw in some "thou"s and "thee"s in Charles's speech or something. Nobody will notice if you mess up.
  • Lampshaded: "Thine grammar dost sucketh."
  • Invoked: After learning that his attempts at Early Modern English are terrible, Bob deliberately misuses ancient words to induce groans.
  • Exploited: Emperor Evulz speaks in Early Modern English to confuse whoever cannot translate it.
  • Defied:
    • Alice and Bob research Early Modern English to avoid using it incorrectly when they time travel.
    • Alice and Bob refuse to try to use Early Modern English.
  • Discussed:
    Charles: Dost thou see the time travellers?
    Dina: Yes. I hope they won't try to imitate our English. They always do it badly.
  • Conversed: "'Thou ist mine best friends'? Did the writers seriously think that's correct archaic English?"
  • Deconstructed: Alice accidentally insults and aggravates people when she tries to use "thou" as a polite form of address.
  • Plotted A Good Waste: The writers intentionally butcher Charles's archaic English to hint that he's actually a time traveller pretending to be from the 1500s.
  • Played For Laughs:
    • All the adults speak Ye Olde Butcherede Englishe, all the kids use Totally Radical slang, and the teenagers use a mixture of them.
    • A work is set in the early 2000s. The characters that were born in 2000 or later talk normally. Everyone else won't stop talking Ye Olde Butcherede Englishe because "we're from the previous millennium; of course we talk like this".
    • Before approaching Charles for the first time, Alice insists that she does the talking. Bob, knowing that Alice is The Ditz, expects a terrible attempt at Flowery Elizabethan English. However, Alice speaks it fluently and pretty well. Bob thinks "if an idiot like her can speak it well, I can too". Cue Bob's botched attempt at Early Modern English.
    • Whenever Alice and Bob Time Travel to the past, be it five minutes or 100.000 years, they find people speaking Ye Olde Butcherede Englishe.

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