On being a gentle Gentile
- Good morning, everyone!
I wanted to bring a little "teaching moment" to the list, for the benefit
of our newest members. In the SCA, we are all presumed to be of the landed
gentry, even though we may not (yet) have been given a title of nobility
such as Lord, Lady, Baroness, Baron, and so on. Since we are all of "gentle"
birth, you will often hear SCA folk addressed collectively as "Gentles",
which is short for "Gentlefolk", an term the SCA uses to de-generize the
It's quite common to hear someone begin a letter with phrasing such as,
"Greetings good Gentles!" or something similar. It is, unfortunately, also
quite common to see someone use the word "Gentiles" in the same context.
That isn't correct, since Gentiles are those who are not of Jewish faith.
This is an error that occurs very frequently, sometimes even among those
who have been in the SCA for years, and since the purpose of this list is
to provide a learning environment, it seemed appropriate to explain the
While on the subject of word usage, I will also mention the difference
between the words "populous" and "populace". The former is an adjective
describing "a place where there are many people." The latter is a
collective noun referring to "the people of a specific locale or place."
Quite often, someone refers to the "populous of my shire", when the
correct phrase would be the "populace of my shire". A simple guideline is
that "populous" is almost always *wrong* unless a noun follows it, as
in, "The most populous city in the world is Mexico City." (correct usage,
because "populous" is an adjective describing "city") If the word that
follows is "of", then "populace" is almost always the right choice.
In cities that are populous
Dwell folk who are magnanimous,
Of gentle birth and noble heart,
For whom the written word is art.
This populace of gentle Lords
And Ladies with their proper words
Know "Gentile" means "one not a Jew"
And "Gentles" are fine folk -- like you!
Maistor Iustinos Tekton called Justin (Scott Courtney)
Gules, on a bezant a fleam sable and on a chief dovetailed Or two
keys fesswise reversed sable.
Marche of Alderford (Canton, Ohio) http://4th.com/sca/justin/
justin@... PGP Public Key at http://4th.com/keys/justin.pubkey