‘Why is English weird?

English started out as, essentially, a kind of German. Old English is so unlike the modern version that it feels like a stretch to think of them as the same language at all. Hwæt, we gardena in geardagum þeodcyninga þrym gefrunon – does that really mean ‘So, we Spear-Danes have heard of the tribe-kings’ glory in days of yore’? Icelanders can still read similar stories written in the Old Norse ancestor of their language 1,000 years ago, and yet, to the untrained eye, Beowulf might as well be in Turkish.

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2 thoughts on “‘Why is English weird?

    1. Thanks for the comment! I agree, but I thought the quote was interesting to consider and repost. Sometimes I wonder whether I’m just a bit led by my studies in seeing so much similarity between Old English and English, so I thought it interesting that there’s this opposite point of view. Just keeping a track of Old English getting mentioned online!

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