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GABERDINE 
a loose outer coat
GAD 
a pointed instrument
GAIN-GIVING 
misgiving 
GAIT 
going, steps 
GALLIARD 
a dance 
GALLIASSE 
a ship 
GALLIMAUFRY 
a ridiculous medley 
GALLOW 
to scare 
GALLOWGLASS 
the irregular infantry of Ireland and the Highlands of Scotland 
GAMESTER 
a frolicsome person, a loose woman 
GARBOIL 
disorder, uproar 
GARISH 
gaudy, staring 
GARNER 
to lay by, as corn in a barn 
GAST 
frightened 
GAUDY 
festive 
GAZE 
an object of wonder 
GEAR 
matter of business of any kind 
GECK 
a fool 
GENEROSITY 
noble birth 
GENEROUS 
noble 
GENTILITY 
good manners 
GENTLE 
gentlefolk, noble 
GENTRY 
complaisance, conduct becoming gentlefolk 
GERMEN 
seed, embryo 
GEST 
period 
GIB 
a he-cat 
GIFTS 
talents, endowment 
GIGLOT 
a wanton girl 
GILDER 
a coin
GILT 
money State of wealth 
GIMMAL 
double 
GIMMOR 
contrivance 
GING 
gang 
GIRD 
to gibe 
GIRD 
a sarcasm or gibe 
GLEEK 
to scoff 
GLOSE 
to comment
GLUT 
to swallow 
GNARL 
to snarl 
GOOD-DEED 
indeed 
GOOD-DEN 
good-evening
GORBELLIED 
corpulent 
GOURD 
a game of chance 
GOUT 
a drop 
GOVERNMENT 
discretion 
GRAINED 
engrained 
GRAMERCY 
grand mercy, much thanks 
GRANGE 
the farmstead attached to a monastery, a solitary farm-house 
GRATILLITY 
used ridiculously for 'gratuity.' 
GRATULATE 
to congratulate 
GRAVE 
to bury 
GREASILY 
grossly 
GREEK 
a bawd 
GREEN 
immature, fresh, unused 
GREENLY 
foolishly 
GREET 
to weep 
GRIZE 
a step 
GROSSLY 
palpably 
GROUNDLING 
one who sits in the pit of a theatre 
GROWING 
accruing 
GUARD 
to decorate 
GUARDAGE 
guardianship 
GUINEA-HEN 
the pintado
GULES 
red, a term in heraldry 
GULF 
the throat 
GUN-STONE 
a cannon ball 
GUST 
taste, relish 
GYVE 
to fetter 

Interpreting Elizabethan / Shakespearean Manuscripts and Original Documents
 

Vital, but little known, information about the Elizabethan alphabet is essential when looking at copies of original manuscripts of the period - examples of which can be found in Shakespeare's ' First Folio '. Learning the alphabet used during the Elizabethan era will no doubt clarify many questions that the differences of the Tudor / Elizabethan alphabet have raised such as "Couldn't Elizabethans spell properly?" and "Why is there so much confusion with the letters 'u' and 'v' and 'i' and 'j' ?Shakespeare translations and understanding the real meanings behind some of the Shakespeare language in the great plays and sonnets can be difficult. And this is hardly surprising when the expressions and their meanings have been obsolete since the Elizabethan era!
 


William Shakespeare Education - the Elizabethan Alphabet - Differences only 24 letters - Deciphering manuscripts of the era

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