One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
The language of the Anglo-Saxons (up to about 1150), an inflected language with a Germanic vocabulary, very different from modern English.Also called Anglo-Saxon
- ‘The word derives from Old English gliv or glo, meaning ‘music’.’
- ‘In England laws had been written in Old English as early as the seventh century, and Bede had embarked on translating parts of the Bible in the eighth.’
- ‘From the late 8th century on, the Vikings forced entry, occupied the land, and introduced Old Norse words into Old English.’
- ‘The solution to this riddle is ‘sacred scriptures’, sacra scriptura, or in Old English halige gewritu.’
- ‘Diligently, he traces each letter from the ancient Semitic and Phoenician alphabets through Old English and Norman French, exploring shapes and pronunciation.’
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