The sounds of historical English

A couple of weeks ago, I did an “English language time machine” piece for The Week. This week, it’s up as a podcast, for those who prefer to listen:

What the English of Shakespeare, Beowulf, and King Arthur actually sounded like

 

One response to “The sounds of historical English

  1. The intrinsic humor in this sentence of today’s blog:
    > Many fad words from 35 years ago have gone out of style,
    > totally rad though they may have been at the time,
    was totally lost on me. I left the States in 1970 at age 33 and had never seen or heard the word “rad”. My first thought was: It’s a typo. My second thought was: Google it. I did and found this in the Urban Dictionary:
    >> An abbreviation of ‘radical’–a term made popular by the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Still primarily used by people on the West Coast who find words like ‘cool’, ‘awesome’, and ‘tight’ to be tired and overused; ‘rad’ is generally considered to be a much higher praise than the aforementioned superlatives. Also used as a general expression of awe. <<

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