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<b>Hana Videen</b> has been hoarding Old English words since 2013, when she began twe... Read More

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<b>Hana Videen</b> has been hoarding Old English words since 2013, when she began tweeting one a day. Now over 20,000 people follow for these daily gems from her wordhord. Following her Old English doctorate at King's College London, she is now a writer and blogger in Canada, translating curiosities of history into engaging narratives. Find her on Twitter at @OEWordhord<p><b>An entertaining collection of strange, delightful and unexpectedly apt words from the origins of English, which illuminates the lives, beliefs and habits of our linguistic ancestors.</b><br><br><b>'A marvelous book' </b>Neil Gaiman<br><b>'Wonderful' </b>- Tom Holland<br><b>'A lovely, lovely read</b>' - Lucy Mangan<br><b>'Splendid' </b>- David Crystal<br><b>'Thorough, entertaining, and absolutely fascinating.'</b> Paul Anthony Jones, <i>Haggard Hawks</i><br><br>In this beautiful little book, Hana Videen has gathered gems of words together to create a glorious trove and illuminate the lives, beliefs and habits of our linguistic ancestors. We discover a world where choking on a bit of bread might prove your guilt, where fiend-ship was as likely as friend-ship, and you might grow up to be a laughter-smith. These are the magical roots of our own language: you'll never see English in the same way again.</p><b>An entertaining collection of strange, delightful and unexpectedly apt words from the origins of English</b>A wonderful book heaving with linguistic treasure, a joyfully clever exploration of early medieval life.<b>Wonderful </b>A lovely, lovely read<b>Splendid</b>Thorough, entertaining, and absolutely fascinating.<b>Eminently giftable</b> ... A book to be dipped in and out of for the riddles and enjoyable factoidsSplendid ... It is the perfect way to be introduced to Old English. There is insight on every page, in a beautifully clear and down to-earth style, with lovely humorous asides.A rich meditation on words, a thoughtful cultural history and a delicious box of delights to dip into during stolen moments. I loved this book-and learnt more from it than from any number of solemn language primers. Hana Videen has created a marvel.A lively linguistic historyA lovely, lovely read<p>Brilliant. So rich with detail. If you're at all interested in Old English you'll love it.</p>Thorough, entertaining, and absolutely fascinating. If you're interested in Old English (and for that matter, even if you're not!) it's an absolute treat.A wonderful book that blends linguistics with a survey of everyday life in early Medieval England. If you want to know why music was known as <i>dream-craeft</i>, what was meant by <i>sawel-dreor </i>- 'soul blood' - or the origins of our days of the week, then this is for you. It constitutes a veritable <i>leornung-hus, </i>or 'learning house''Delightful ... [Videen's] etymological journeys [are] full of satisfying twists ... the book is released in time for Christmas wassailing, and would make a classy gift to the commonly word-drunk ... it's a pleasure just to be reminded of [early Medieval people's] world-craft.A treasure trove of forgotten words, their meanings and origins, written with insight and humour, and beautifully designed

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