The Wordhord: Daily Life in Old English (Hardback)Hana Videen (author)
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Videen investigates a range of wonderfully weird and sometimes very familiar Old English words, providing a mesmerising and joyful insight into our linguistic ancestors’ lives and beliefs.
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.
Publisher: Profile Books Ltd
Number of pages: 304
Weight: 420 g
Dimensions: 200 x 134 x 32 mm
'Splendid ... It is the perfect way to be introduced to Old English. There is insight on every page, in a beautifully clear and down to-earth style, with lovely humorous asides.' - David Crystal
'A wonderful book heaving with linguistic treasure, a joyfully clever exploration of early medieval life.' - Edward Brooke-Hitching author, The Madman's Library
'A rich meditation on words, a thoughtful cultural history and a delicious box of delights to dip into during stolen moments. I loved this book-and learnt more from it than from any number of solemn language primers. Hana Videen has created a marvel.' - Nicola Griffith, author of Hild
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