The Wordhord (Hardback)

Daily Life in Old English

Hana Videen

An entertaining and illuminating collection of weird, wonderful and downright baffling words from the origins of English

Old English is the language we think we know until we actually see it. Used in England over a thousand years ago, it is rich with words that haven't changed (word), others that are unrecognisable (neorxnawang - paradise) and some that are curiously mystifying (gafol-fisc - tax-fish).

In this beautiful little book, Hana Videen has gathered these gems 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.

Publication date: 11/11/2021

£12.99

ISBN: 9781788166102

Imprint: Profile Books

Subject: History & Classics, Humour & Gift, Reference

The Wordhord (Ebook)

Daily Life in Old English

Hana Videen

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An entertaining and illuminating collection of weird, wonderful and downright baffling words from the origins of English

Old English is the language we think we know until we actually see it. Used in England over a thousand years ago, it is rich with words that haven't changed (word), others that are unrecognisable (neorxnawang - paradise) and some that are curiously mystifying (gafol-fisc - tax-fish).

In this beautiful little book, Hana Videen has gathered these gems 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.

Publication date: 11/11/2021

£11.99

ISBN: 9781782837503

ISBN 10 / ASIN: B08W2FRQT9

Imprint: Profile Books

Subject: History & Classics, Humour & Gift, Reference

Reviews for The Wordhord

'Splendid ... 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.'

David Crystal 

'A wonderful book heaving with linguistic treasure, a joyfully clever exploration of early medieval life.'

Edward Brooke-Hitching author The Madman's Library

'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.'

Nicola Griffith, author of 'Hild' 

Hana Videen

Hana Videen

Hana Videen has been hoarding Old English words since 2013, when she began tweeting one a day. Now over 20,000 people follow her for these daily gems from her wordhord. After 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.

Follow Hana on Twitter: @OEWordhord
And visit her website: www.oldenglishwordhord.com