BARONY OF THESCORRE, ÆTHELMEARC – Over the weekend, the Kingdom of Æthelmearc announced a dramatic move towards formally changing its name. In an effort to present a more modern approach to the public as a way to increase recruitment, the Kingdom has chosen to be named ‘Yinz’.
Baron William Ethelred, the Kingdom Seneschal, explained the reasoning behind this change. “Well, everyone in this region uses the phrase Yinz in everyday speech. We figured that Kingdom of Yinz would increase our public profile and exposure and our recruitment capability. While our SCA safety record is certainly better than the Steelers, we figured the crossover from football to heavy combat would not be hard for the public to make. If celebrities can do it, why not us?”
Heralds of the kingdom have documented Yins/Yinz as a surname to extremely late period England, thus keeping the original national origin of the name while updating for a more culturally relevant term for the people of the Pennsylvania/New York/West Virgina kingdom. “Yinz” is the regional second person plural – the local equivalent to “y’all”.
Media representative Issace Castellani said “Sure, some of the public will join the Kingdom of Yinz thinking it’s about football, but we figure we can cross them over. After all, the equivalent of the heavy combat Super Bowl takes place in the Kingdom every year, and what fan doesn’t want access to that? We figured something catchy would increase our footprint. Besides, this will mean we are no longer one of the dreaded ‘A’ Kingdoms.”