Posts Tagged ‘Old English’

Ideas Illustrated » Blog Archive » Visualizing English Word Origins

May 3rd, 2012

Ideas Illustrated » Blog Archive » Visualizing English Word Origins.

Looking at the origin of words and comparing fiction (British and American), medical writing, legal writing, and sports writing.

Good thing I have some history with Old English, or I might not understand anything… hahah… and no wonder I don’t understand Medical lit — it’s the least OE-based. A little surprised that Medical lit has more Old French than Legal — would have expected more OF, but maybe the Latin makes up the difference.

Interesting. And geeky, too.

Toronto’s Dictionary of Old English Channel‬‏ on YouTube

July 13th, 2011

Recently, the University of Toronto’s Dictionary of Old English (DOE) project recently posted a new video advertising the need for a comprehensive dictionary of the earliest English language: YouTube – ‪DictionaryOldEnglish’s Channel‬‏. Slick and concise, the video does a good job appealing to a more visual audience. Let’s hope that some of them pick up Old English! 😀

BTW, I still have my original microfiche fascicles of the first few letters. Good stuff!

Dictionary of Old English channel on YouTube

“Seven Ages Of Britain”: BBC’s New Multi-Part History of Britain

January 23rd, 2010
The Alfred Jewel (source:

The Alfred Jewel (source:

BBC presents a new series called “Seven Ages Of Britain” starting on 1/31/2010. Each of the seven episodes represents an era in British history, narrated by David Dimbleby. I’m particularly interested in the first age:

Programme 1: Age Of Conquest (AD 43-1066) – For a thousand years, from Emperor Claudius to William the Conqueror, the British Isles were defined by invasion, each successive wave bringing something new to the mix. The Romans brought figurative art, the Anglo-Saxons epic poetry, the Normans monumental architecture. David Dimbleby travels throughout Britain and beyond – to France, Italy and Turkey – in search of the greatest creations of the age.

Programme includes: bronze bust of Hadrian (British Museum); fragment of triumphal arch commemorating Claudius’ conquest of Britain (Palazzo dei Conservatori, Rome); Roman coin of Britannia (Pantheon, Rome); frieze of Britannia under the heel of Emperor Claudius (Aphrodisias, Turkey); Roman gold brooch (Dolaucothi Gold Mine, Wales); Oceanus Dish (British Museum); Roman mosaic work (Bignor Roman Villa); Beowulf; Sutton Hoo treasure (Sutton Hoo and British Museum); Celtic Cross (Iona); Jarrow Monastery; Codex Amiatinus (Laurentian Library, Florence); Alfred Jewel (Ashmolean Museum); Alfred’s translation of Pastoral Care (Bodleian Library); Caen Castle and the Abbaye-aux-Hommes (Normandy); Bayeux Tapestry (Normandy); the Tower of London.

Thanks to Medieval News for the original blog post.