I swear this is true:
I was walking across the OSU campus a couple of years ago and I
happened to overhear a conversation between two coeds:
"It must have been written about 50 years ago; I couldn't read it!"
--- Stacy Westbrook <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> >From: "Richard elGuru[tm] Howland-Bolton"
> <[log in to unmask]>
> > At 3:57 PM +0000 7/8/99, Stacy Westbrook wrote:
> >>Once upon a time, English was based on
> Anglo-Saxon, but so what?
> > I know 'de minima non curat etc', but properly
> English has always been
> > English (Old, Middle and Modern). Anglo-Saxon is a
> political or cultural
> > term---the A-Ss spoke Englisc (pronounced English)
> just like most of us on
> > the list.
> Hmm, and I'm sure that's why the last time I read
> "Beowulf" it was in
> Anglo-Saxon (perhaps there is a better name for the
> language, but it wasn't
> English or even Englisc), and not in Old English,
> right? The language was
> about as related to modern English as Spanish is to
> Even Middle English is different enough from Modern
> English that 90% of
> English speakers today would be hard pressed to
> properly pronounce and
> understand Middle English. They have a hard enough
> time with Shakespeare,
> for goodness' sake.
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