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for love of old English

The firmest fayth is found in fewest woordes.
-Edward Dyer, courtier and poet (c. 1540-1607)

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apnate
Apr. 10th, 2006 03:15 pm (UTC)
And the poorest spelling is found before the advent of spellcheckers.
tenthz
Apr. 10th, 2006 03:17 pm (UTC)
Yeah, but that is just about the coolest thing about Old English... everything was just spelled like the writer thought it should be! *yea* for people not being anal!
memeslayer
Apr. 10th, 2006 04:05 pm (UTC)
It's fun to try to pronounce it like it's spelled!

You gonna make a NOAC post?
tenthz
Apr. 10th, 2006 04:14 pm (UTC)
Best way ever to discover the elusive old english accent. :-)

Hopefully I will! Work is crazy today this week and I've got a doctor's appointment this afternoon.
memeslayer
Apr. 10th, 2006 04:23 pm (UTC)
You've had a lot of doctor's appointments lately... is everything okay?
tenthz
Apr. 10th, 2006 04:27 pm (UTC)
goooooooood question. :-P That is what the doctors are supposed to figure out!

Mostly they are all different doctors for all different things, not too serious... they just all ended up falling in April.
memeslayer
Apr. 10th, 2006 04:37 pm (UTC)
That's good. Although if it *was* something really bad, we could ship you here for medical treatment. Can you fit in a FedEx tube?
tenthz
Apr. 10th, 2006 05:38 pm (UTC)
Um... why would I do that? I'm going to one of the best medical centers in the world.
memeslayer
Apr. 10th, 2006 05:42 pm (UTC)
Our medical center has... JUSTICE! :-D
lordxyyndragon
Apr. 10th, 2006 04:48 pm (UTC)
Ye Olde Lyve Jovrnle
tenthz
Apr. 10th, 2006 05:38 pm (UTC)
Woot. :-D
quilynn
Apr. 11th, 2006 12:03 am (UTC)
*little cough, almost embarrassed* Early Middle English.
quilynn
Apr. 11th, 2006 12:10 am (UTC)
Actually, I doubt it's even early in the Middle English period. Chaucer was Middle English. Shakespeare was Early Modern.

Old English is barely recognizable as english. I pulled a sample of Old English off Wikipedia to demonstrate. This is the Lord's Prayer:



Fæder ure þu þe eart on heofonum,

Si þin nama gehalgod.

To becume þin rice,

gewurþe ðin willa, on eorðan swa swa on heofonum.

urne gedæghwamlican hlaf syle us todæg,

and forgyf us ure gyltas, swa swa we forgyfað urum gyltendum.

and ne gelæd þu us on costnunge, ac alys us of yfele. soþlice.

quilynn
Apr. 11th, 2006 12:17 am (UTC)
It is helpful to note, when looking at this, that "ð" and "þ" are pronounced as today's "th"s.
tenthz
Apr. 11th, 2006 03:54 am (UTC)
*is embarassed*

Well, I was closer than some... spellcheck gone wrong... :-P

Mr. Chandler will think I wasn't paying attention in Lit class.
quilynn
Apr. 12th, 2006 03:12 am (UTC)
Well, you were just missing a word... you meant old style english, right? ;-)
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