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The ornate, hard-to-read script? Reading Beowulf in your high school English class? The kinds of figurative compound nouns – or kennings – like “swan of blood” and “slaughter-dew” that have sustained heavy metal lyrics for decades? Old English, also known as Anglo-Saxon, was a language spoken by the Angles and the Saxons – the first Germanic tribes to settle the British Isles. They were not the first inhabitants, as any Welsh or Gaelic speaker will tell you, but their language did form the basis for the Angle-ish we speak today. The short answer is that the English language changed forever after the Norman invasion brought a new ruling class of French speakers to the British Isles in 1066. As a result, modern English is commonly thought of as a West Germanic language with lots of French and, thanks to the church, Latin influence.
How To Speak Viking But the truth is far more nuanced. Names of Days War & Violence Society & Culture. Lavender. Kennings in anglo saxon lit. 17 Deeply Satisfying Dutch Insults We Need In English. 10 Everyday Words With Unexpected Origins. Books Etymology, or the study of the origin of words, is dry, dusty stuff that will give you allergies if you play with it too long.
It also happens to be one of our favorite topics—because sometimes a word travels through such a twisted path to get to its modern meaning that all you can do is scratch your head and wonder how civilization manages to keep itself going. Voyage to the Otherworld: A New Eulogy for Ray Bradbury. Lessons in Humanity: Habeas Corpus. Kenning. They usually consist of two words, and are often hyphenated.
For example, Old Norse poets might replace sverð, the regular word for “sword”, with a more abstract compound such as “wound-hoe” (Egill Skallagrímsson: Höfuðlausn 8), or a genitive phrase such as randa íss “ice of shields” (Einarr Skúlason: ‘Øxarflokkr’ 9). Modern scholars have also applied the term kenning to similar figures of speech in other languages, especially Old English. Etymology The word was adopted into English in the nineteenth century  from medieval Icelandic treatises on poetics, in particular the Prose Edda of Snorri Sturluson, and derives ultimately from the Old Norse verb kenna “know, recognise; perceive, feel; show; teach; etc.”, as used in the expression kenna við “to name after; to express [one thing] in terms of [another]”, “name after; refer to in terms of”, and kenna til “qualify by, make into a kenning by adding”. Structure Complex kennings Word order and comprehension