Questions tagged [archaic-language]

For questions about old words and phrases which are usually no longer used in spoken or written language. They are still found sometimes in English which is supposed to sound old-fashioned. This includes both archaic vocabulary (damsel and yon) and archaic grammar (Be not afraid!).

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What were modal verbs in third person singular in archaic English?

I know that modal verbs back in time were always the same (not changeable) with some exeptions - e.g.: thou shalt, thou hast, thou dost, thou canst. Hence my question is: how to transform modal verbs ...
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Archaic word for snooping or going through someone’s medicine cabinet without permission

My grandmother, born in 1914, used a word that sounds like "prefinelle" to describe snooping or going through someone’s medicine cabinet or drawers without permission. Does anyone know the proper ...