Tag: Old Norse
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If you have an insufferable pedant in your life – and if you don’t, consider the blog you’re reading; you may be the insufferable pedant – then you know about the difference between hung and hanged. In the history of English, the verb to hang has traditionally been divided into two different kinds of past […]more
After 600 years, what do we think of when we hear the name Geoffrey Chaucer? The straightforward, factual answer – that he was the son of London wine merchant, born sometime in the 1340s, who spent his life, after youthful forays to the French wars and diplomatic missions, working as a civil servant and building up […]more
English is famous for being littered with synonyms. Sometimes the number of words we have for a single thing seems almost greedy (not to mention extravagant, hedonistic, decadent, lavish, immoderate, ostentatious, and sybaritic). The dual threads of Germanic and Romance languages that form the basis of the English lexicon are largely to blame for its […]more