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Yea, verily, I say unto you

JTB suggests a novel solution to BG’s problem. Draw upon the ranks of archaic time-honored, but neglected English! To wit, a handy list of qualifiers, transitions, and fillers (in no particular order) for ready use in whatever article, book manuscript, or dissertation you happen to be writing:

yea, verily, I say unto you
to wit
now I would not have you ignorant, brethren
as it is written
there is none that understandeth
I say (as in, “To declare, I say, at this time…”)
God forbid!
‘tis said

Surely your Chaucer, your King James Bible, your Shakespeare (Hamlet or Julius Caesar would be ideal)—even better, your Marlowe—will supply better treasures than these?



I used to use forsooth in my speach often, when I was 18. I haven’t, though, used it in years.

“Wherefore” is a personal favorite of mine.

henceforth gives academic writing both snazzy flair and assertiveness.

I promise to try to work in a “now I would not have you ignorant, brethren” into the dissertation. Somewhere. “God forbid!” would just be too easy…