fair or fayre

(13 Posts)
memoo Wed 02-Dec-09 21:31:00

Our PTA is holding a Christmas fair/fayre and we can't agree which is the correct spelling to put on the posters.

I think its a Christmas 'fair' but everyone else thinks its Christmas 'Fayre'

So am I very wrong???

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whomovedmychocolate Wed 02-Dec-09 21:32:20

Unless they live in the 1700s you are technically correct. DISCLAIMER: I live in the Cotswolds and we use Fayre as this is the yokel spelling wink

Technically of course unless there are rides it's a fete though!

MavisEnderby Wed 02-Dec-09 21:32:47

Ours was a Christmas Fayre.I am unsure as to how correct this is in pedantic terms,though.

LadyGlenChristmasPresent Wed 02-Dec-09 21:33:01

You are correct. They are horribly, horribly misguided and not a little naff.
Is it "Ye Olde Yule Fayre" by any chance?

shallishanti Wed 02-Dec-09 21:35:51

Oh god, fayre, no tis awful mock olde worlde stuff.

memoo Wed 02-Dec-09 21:39:36

It makes a change for me to be right! shock

Chair of the PTA is quite determined to write 'Christmas Fayre' on all the posters!

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whomovedmychocolate Wed 02-Dec-09 21:43:05

Well if she is going to use archaic language then it should be Yule Fayre not Christmas Fair.

fair is 'a gathering of stalls and amusements for public entertainment', whereas fare is 'a range of food' (Concise Oxford Dictionary, 1999). However, the archaic (15th to 17th century) spelling fayre is confusingly used for both words by those who think it lends 'an historick flavour'. http://www.askoxford.com/asktheexperts/faq/aboutspelling/fayre


whomovedmychocolate Wed 02-Dec-09 21:43:24

Oh buggeration - link was here

MaryAnnSingleton Wed 02-Dec-09 21:45:10

fayre is just wrong

memoo Wed 02-Dec-09 21:48:57

Thank you ladies, I think I shall direct our Chair to Mumsnet

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CurlyCasper Thu 10-Dec-09 16:18:33

An event is a fair

Food is fayre. Festive fayre would describe Christmas pudding, turkey, mince pies etc.

cliffdiver Sat 09-Jun-18 10:26:49

Posted on wrong thread

elephantscanring Tue 12-Jun-18 10:49:14

What about looking up the spelling in a dictionary? confused

OED says 'fayre' is an archaic spelling of 'fair'. en.oxforddictionaries.com/definition/fayre

Example sentence:

‘We really want the fayre to involve everyone and we want to hear what people think.’

So you could use either spelling.

(For food, 'fare' is the correct spelling. Have never seen 'fayre' used for foor)

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