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The Wordhord: Daily Life in Old English [9781788166102]

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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.   

AUTHOR: 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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9781788166102
ISBN13:
9781788166102
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Author:
Hana Videen
Publisher:
Profile Books Ltd
Publication:
11-Nov-2021
Format:
Hardback
Pages:
304
Chart Position:
2394
Weight:
420 Grams
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