There are so many archaic English words that express an idea very succinctly, or possibly very entertainingly, that we just… don’t use any more. And why not? So…
The idea for this particular variation of Throwback Thursday came during an acting class a few months ago. A fellow student had chosen to perform Viola’s monologue from Act II, Scene ii of Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night, line 33. I tend to prefer the First Folio version, which is what my classmate used, but for simplicity’s sake I’ve used a modern translation here.
How will this fadge? My master loves her dearly;And I, poor monster, fond as much on him;And she, mistaken, seems to dote on me.What will become of this?
1. succeed, be suitable, turn out well2. turn out, end up, come off
1. to agree2. to succeed
1573 G. Harvey Schollers Loove in Let.-bk. (1884) 142 Nothing fadgith, that with them is at variaunce.
- 1578 G. Whetstone Promos & Cassandra: 1st Pt. v. v. sig. Fivv, In good soothe Sir, this match fadged frim.
- 1599 J. Marston Scourge of Villanie i. i. 172 How ill his shape with inward forme doth fadge.
- a1661 T. Fuller Worthies (1662) Wales 12 The Study of the Law did not fadge well with him.
- 1639 Sir J. Lenke in Mem. Verney Fam. (1892) I. 209 Mistress ffaulkner and my lady do fadge.
1880 M. A. Courtney W. Cornwall Words in M. A. Courtney & T. Q. Couch Gloss. Words Cornwall 20/2 Fadge, Fadgee, to suit; to agree; to do.
- “Dating two girls at the same time? I don’t know how he thinks that’s going to fadge.”
- “How do you think it’s going to fadge if you don’t study?”
- “A pink shirt and red pants? That outfit just doesn’t fadge.”
- “My new puppy doesn’t really fadge with my older dogs yet.”