Commonly Used Terms

Anachronism      Anything not in its proper place in time  medieval_girl_texting_poster
Device      Your heraldic device (informally, your “coat of arms”) is essentially your personal “logo,” and identifies you the way a company’s logo identifies the company. On a banner, it tells everyone you’re at an event. On a shield, it tells who’s on the field fighting.  Flintmarsh
Feast      A medieval style dinner consisting of several courses. It is usually offered at events.   King Richard II feast 1386
Feast Gear      Eating dishes and utensils for dinner.
At most SCA events it is expected that the guests bring their own tableware, usually a plate, bowl, drinking vessel  and utensils. Guests may also bring tablecloths, candles and other items to enhance the setting.
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Garb      Pre 17th Century clothing worn to events and sometimes meetings. (Not to be confused with costumes which are worn to Halloween parties or masked balls.)  AngSaxPair
HOLD!      When you hear someone shout this, STOP immediately. That usually means that you are in danger of getting injured. It is generally called during armored combat when the combatants get too close to the spectators, but it may also be called at any time there is a potentially dangerous situation developing.  hold sign
Title  A form of address which represents rank in the SCA. Titles are granted by the King and Queen in recognition of service and/or achievements in the SCA. Commonly heard titles are Lord/Lady, Master/Mistress, Sir/Dame, Baron/Baroness, Duke/Duchess. If unsure what title to use, Lord or Lady usually suffices.  knight-3
Period      The SCA is a practical history society, recreating the arts and skills of pre-17th century Europe. The SCA time period ranges generally from ancient times until 1650 AD and participants come from cultures around the globe. The word “period” is commonly used to describe “historically accurate”.

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