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I'm looking for an archaic replacement for the word girl ?

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You could call her a maiden or maid or lass.

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I would go with damsel, or maybe a wench (but it can also be associated with “prostitute”, so…).

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Gel, but it's lower class talk. (hard G)

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  • Really? That's lower class? As an AmE speaker, it sounds kinda 'upstairs'.
    – Mitch
    Apr 25, 2011 at 0:49
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    Has that anything to do with gal?
    – nico
    Apr 8, 2012 at 8:24
  • It's probably a vowel shift that became formalized. But I'll leave it to the linguists to debate. Apr 9, 2012 at 13:24
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Don't replace “girl”, just because it doesn't sound like you'd expect early ME to sound. In fact, “girl” has been in use since the Middle English period, which is much earlier than what you're going for.

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