QUIZ TIME: TEST YOUR MEMORY OF THE MAY 2020 WORDS OF THE DAY
What does fae mean?
Where does fae come from?
Fae is pronounced like fay, rhyming with pay or may. The first records of its use come from the 1700s from the poetry of Alexander Ross, but it certainly may have been used in speech before that. It may be a shortening of the older Scottish preposition frae, which may be related to the preposition fro (as in to and fro), which comes from the Old English word fram, meaning “from.”
Fae can be used in most of the same ways that from is used, which is quite a lot. Still, use of fae is typically limited to speakers from Scotland and surrounding areas. Fae is sometimes also used as another word for faeries (or fairies), the mythical pixie creatures fae folklore.
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How is fae used in real life?
If you’re traveling in Scotland or reading old Scottish poetry, watch out for fae. If you’re traveling in a mystical fairyland, watch out for the other kind of fae.
Nite fae wee Steve! pic.twitter.com/Vg2hts84oG
— Oor Red Raiph 🏴🇨🇮🇩🇪 (@raiphsays) February 6, 2020
Whit part of Ireland are you fae? Leith! pic.twitter.com/x0qwrxozU3
— Sean (@Sean67_) February 6, 2020
Try using fae!
Is fae used correctly in the following sentence?
I am originally fae Scotland but grew up in London.
Example sentences from the Web for fae
Often she exclaimed with solemn fervency, "The gift I hae is fae aboon, an' what He gies daurna be hidit."The Mysteries of All Nations|James Grant