Farb Definition


(US) A historical reenactor (especially a US civil war reenact) whose efforts at a historically accurate portrayal are, in the opinion of the speaker, inadequate. (For example, wearing a modern wristwatch with period costume.) The opposite of farb is "hard-core" (hardcore), someone who is, in the opinion of the speaker, an "authenticity fanatic".


Origin of Farb

  • There exists a letter dated 1 April 1863 from an A.R. Crawford in the 76th Illinois Infantry, Co D, that uses the phrase, "fallacious accoutrements & reprehensible baggage," in description of six children posing in phony military gear during a sham reenactment that took place during the actual Civil War. Many point to this phrase as the origin of the word, citing "farb" as an acronym.

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  • That it comes from the German word Farbe ("color"). (Many fabrics dyed with modern dyes are "too colorful" to be authentic, by comparison with their historical originals.)

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  • That it is a contraction of the phrase "'Far be' it for me to criticize anyone, but..."

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  • That it stems from the rating of a reenactor's portrayal as "'Far below'" the standard.

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