#1
Before we start, Old English is a completely different language. William Shakespeare was actually writing in modern English - the language we speak today. Just to clear that up.

So yeah, wikipedia has a wiki in Old English. According to their help page, it exists due to demand through religious and academic purposes, but I'm sure there's many who are at it just for fun.

http://ang.wikipedia.org/wiki/H%C4%93afods%C4%ABde

What do you guys think?
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#3
I think I've seen that helmet before, isn't it in a museum in York?

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#4
I'm almost positive that he was speaking old english.
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So, is this what the Canterbury Tales was written in?
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I think I've seen that helmet before, isn't it in a museum in York?


Yeah, it's the Jorvik Viking Centre.

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So, is this what the Canterbury Tales was written in?


No, that was a post-Norman conquest script and is actually quite different. Old English is considered Anglo-Saxon.

The Canterbury Tales are much closer to the language we speak now. Which is why they're relatively easy to read.
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I'm almost positive that he was speaking old english.

Absolutely not.
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So, is this what the Canterbury Tales was written in?

Just googled to find the date of it, and nah. That's Middle English, another distinct language before it evolved into modern English.
#10
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Yeah, it's the Jorvik Viking Centre.

I love that place.

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I love that place.


Do you remember the guy who let you make your own Viking coin?

I always felt sorry for him because EVERY kid twatted his fingers with the hammer.

Just near the centre there's an old flint church, and it's a museum to itself. That's also a good visit.
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Do you remember the guy who let you make your own Viking coin?

I always felt sorry for him because EVERY kid twatted his fingers with the hammer.

Just near the centre there's an old flint church, and it's a museum to itself. That's also a good visit.

I remember making the coin, not hitting my fingers though

I miss York in general actually, used to live in Lincoln.

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I remember making the coin, not hitting my fingers though

I miss York in general actually, used to live in Lincoln.


I hit the guy's fingers and my own! Double whammy. I think most kids did one or the other. Generally the bloke's fingers.

After doing the obvious search for an article, I noticed that there's simplified and advanced versions of stuff.

http://ang.wikipedia.org/wiki/Harold_Godwinson
http://ang.wikipedia.org/wiki/Harold_God%C6%BFinson

I don't honestly think I could read the latter without having read the simplified version first (which is at least readable).
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`Twas brillig, and the slithy toves
Did gyre and gimble in the wabe:
All mimsy were the borogoves,
And the mome raths outgrabe!

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#19
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If it does to you, it's not because they're linked. Old English is rather West Germanic.


Yeah, on the wiki if you put in a dead link you basically get meinst du Jon Venables? which is exactly the same as modern German.
#20
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If it does to you, it's not because they're linked. Old English is rather West Germanic.


I guess.
#22
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Old English is so badass. I wonder if people had British-type accents when they spoke it.


Nope.

The /r/ was pronounced postvocalically, which isn't in modern English. Maybe a bit more like some German typed accent.


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#23
....so............................wait.

Why?

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#24
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So, is this what the Canterbury Tales was written in?


No that was early middle English.
#25
I can spot some words in there that resemble Dutch, pretty cool.

EDIT: oh wow, in the article about Jesus (Iesus) the Dutch word for born (geboren) is used. A word that hasn't changed for centuries.
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