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HACK 
to become common 
HAGGARD 
a wild or unreclaimed hawk 
HAG-SEED 
seed or offspring of a hag 
HAIR 
course, order, grain 
HALIDOM 
holiness, sanctification, Christian fellowship
HALL 
an open space to dance in 
HALLOWMAS 
All Hallows' Day 
HAP 
chance, fortune 
HAPPILY 
accidentally 
HARDIMENT 
defiance, brave deeds 
HARLOCK 
charlock, wild mustard 
HARRY 
to annoy, harass 
HAUNT 
company 
HAVING 
property, fortune 
HAVIOUR 
behavior 
HAY 
a term in fencing 
HEADY 
violent, headlong 
HEBENON 
henbane 
HEFT 
furnished with a handle: hence, metaphorically, finished off
HELM 
to steer, manage 
HENCE 
henceforward 
HENCHMAN 
a page or attendant 
HENT 
to seize, take 
HERMIT 
a beadsman, one bound to pray for another 
HEST 
command 
HIGHT 
called 
HILD 
held 
HILDING 
a paltry fellow 
HINT 
suggestion 
HIREN 
a prostitute 
HIT 
to agree 
HOISE 
to hoist, heave up on high 
HOLP 
to help
HOME 
to the utmost 
HONEST 
chaste 
HONESTY 
chastity 
HONEY-STALKS 
the red clover 
HOODMAN-BLIND 
the game now called blindman's-buff 
HORN-MAD 
brain-mad 
HOROLOGE 
a clock 
HOT-HOUSE 
a brothel 
HOX 
to hamstring 
HUGGER-MUGGER 
secrecy 
HULL 
to drift on the sea like a wrecked ship 
HUMOROUS 
fitful, or, perhaps, hurried 
HUNT-COUNTER 
to follow the scent the wrong way 
HUNTS-UP 
a holla used in hunting when the game was on foot 
HURLY 
noise, confusion 
HURTLE 
to clash 
HURTLING 
noise, confusion 
HUSBANDRY 
frugality Management 
HUSWIFE 
a jilt 

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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