Talk:fayre

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Name?[edit]

Can fayre be used as a female name ? My wifes middle name is fayre. I found a book author also with the name fayre (Marilyn Fayre Milos). --Andrewkeith80 05:56, 18 May 2006 (UTC)

My middle name is Fayre as well.

Noun[edit]

Also a noun: an old spelling of fair (event at which one can buy things). Many British events still style themselves fayres, e.g. a school might organise a "summer fayre". Equinox 19:05, 10 January 2009 (UTC)

As you say, fayre is still used in British English. I question whether or not we should be calling it archaic... The most common use in the UK may be "Freshers' Fayre" - the event for university freshers at the start of the academic year. A quick search on google (with quotation marks) pulls up 29,600 results (the top results being from well known institutions such as University of London, UCL, Winchester, Reading, University of Wales, BCU and UEL).
Compare to definition of gaol: "Noun 2. (Australian, New Zealand) Preferred alternative spelling of jail." Perhaps the 1st noun definition "(archaic) fair" should instead read "Noun 1. (United Kingdom) Alternative spelling of fayre".
--130.83.19.105 13:51, 19 May 2011 (UTC), Wikipedia: Woodgreener, (talk).