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The Wordhord: Daily Life in Old English (Hardback)

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Synopsis

An entertaining collection of strange, delightful and unexpectedly apt words from the origins of English, which illuminates the lives, beliefs and habits of our linguistic ancestors.



'A wonderful book heaving with linguistic treasure, a joyfully clever exploration of early medieval life.' - Edward Brooke-Hitching author of The Madman's Library



'Splendid' - David Crystal



'A rich meditation on words, a thoughtful cultural history and a delicious box of delights' - Nicola Griffith, author of Hild







Old English is the language we think we know until we actually see it. Used in England over a thousand years ago, it is rich with words that haven't changed (word), others that are unrecognisable (neorxnawang - paradise) and some that are curiously mystifying (gafol-fisc - tax-fish).



In this beautiful little book, Hana Videen has gathered these gems together to create a glorious trove and illuminate the lives, beliefs and habits of our linguistic ancestors. We discover a world where choking on a bit of bread might prove your guilt, where fiend-ship was as likely as friend-ship, and you might grow up to be a laughter-smith. These are the magical roots of our own language: you'll never see English in the same way again.

History & PoliticsHistory: ChronologicalEarly history: c 500 to c 1450-1500Medieval historyLanguages with Grant & CutlerLinguistics Publisher: Profile Books Ltd Publication Date: 11/11/2021 ISBN-13: 9781788166102  Details: Type: Hardback Format: Books
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Hana Videen has been hoarding Old English words since 2013, when she began tweeting one a day. Now over 20,000 people follow for these daily gems from her wordhord. Following her Old English doctorate at King's College London, she is now a writer and blogger in Canada, translating curiosities of history into engaging narratives.

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