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English prior to about 1100

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The guests drank to their health or to their memory, in alphabetical order, a good old English way of doing the thing.
Archer and her son and daughter, like every one else in New York, knew who these privileged beings were: the Dagonets of Washington Square, who came of an old English county family allied with the Pitts and Foxes; the Lannings, who had intermarried with the descendants of Count de Grasse, and the van der Luydens, direct descendants of the first Dutch governor of Manhattan, and related by pre-revolutionary marriages to several members of the French and British aristocracy.
It appeared to me that it would take time, to become uncommon under these circumstances: nevertheless, I resolved to try it, and that very evening Biddy entered on our special agreement, by imparting some information from her little catalogue of Prices, under the head of moist sugar, and lending me, to copy at home, a large old English D which she had imitated from the heading of some newspaper, and which I supposed, until she told me what it was, to be a design for a buckle.
As they leaned over, both little faces were mirrored on the placid pool; the fierce and terrible features of the ape beside those of the aristocratic scion of an old English house.
Though this practice, as we have seen, was customary in Old English poetry and in the popular ballads, it was supposed by Coleridge and his contemporaries to be a new discovery, and it proved highly suggestive to other romantic poets.
Morally, as well as materially, there was a coarser fibre in those wives and maidens of old English birth and breeding than in their fair descendants, separated from them by a series of six or seven generations; for, throughout that chain of ancestry, every successive mother had transmitted to her child a fainter bloom, a more delicate and briefer beauty, and a slighter physical frame, if not character of less force and solidity than her own.
Registrations of old English sheepdogs have fallen 67% in 20 years.
He devises a typology of prologues to Old and Middle English poems (chapters two and four, respectively), identifying four main types for Old English verse (53) and another four for Middle English (108).
Five essays focus on Old English. Chris Jones raises questions about what should be considered to belong to the corpus of Old English poetry and discusses its use by modern poets, whose approach to the material is often rather free.
The name means "a field on a slope", from the Middle English word "hange" and the Old English "feld".
RUFF AND READY A woman grooms an Old English sheepdog, a dog arrives in a rain jacket and, below, competitors with their Saint Bernards
A series of simple and fairly reasonable interpretations pertaining to the function of compound words in Old English literature form the foundation of this book.
Critique: An impressive work of seminal scholarship throughout, "Writing in a Speaking World: The Pragmatics of Literacy in Anglo-Saxon Inscriptions and Old English Poetry" by academician and medieval literature expert Peter Orton is very highly recommended for academic library Medieval/Renaissance Literature reference collections and supplemental studies reading lists.
A remarkable feature of this novel is that it is written in what Kingsnorth calls a "shadow language" vaguely reminiscent of Old English, a Germanic dialect akin to modern Dutch.