I write dialog for a bunch of guys who are well over 800 years old. It would stand to reason that some of their dialog, phrases, by-words, word usage and such would be archaic. One of the things that my beta readers have a great deal of trouble with is understanding when I put in archaic words or word usages, I am not making an error or a typo.
For example, people used to say "I like the haggis whether or no you do!"
My beta readers want me to say "I like the haggis whether or not you do!"
My question is to all the authors who have characters that use archaic terminology: Do you get complaints from readers or beta readers about the use of archaic terminology or words?
I haven't researched this, so if I'm off, I'm sorry. But my understanding is when ye olde scot says "I like the haggis weather or no you do!" He's actually saying weather or not you do, but his pronunciation drops the t. Otherwise it would be weather or nae...
"I have nae care if ye like the haggis! I dae, ye ken!"