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Author Topic: Just Another Linguistic Tease  (Read 3996 times)


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Just Another Linguistic Tease
« on: June 02, 2014, 04:25:32 PM »
Here I go again.  Does anybody want to guess where this came from:

Uppe wé gáþ sweostru, hléapan þæm weder
Néarra heofon lǽtten ús fléogan!
Hléapáþ mid ellen, hléapáþ mid wynn,
Hléapan on Berles nama.

Chorus:  Lá lá-lá lá lá lá!
           Lá lá-lá lá lá lá!

And I don’t see why I should cook up any more clues than you’re looking at already, so pay attention at the back.


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Re: Just Another Linguistic Tease
« Reply #1 on: June 03, 2014, 10:07:50 AM »
I am bedazzled by your skills!


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Re: Just Another Linguistic Tease
« Reply #2 on: June 16, 2014, 02:35:03 AM »
Tchoh, you’re too good at this game.  The punchline is that there really is a St Beryl, but she’s St Beryl of Antioch, not St Beryl of Norfolk.  She’s one of those eastern saints I came across whilst mugging up about the ‘Eastern Orthodox’ influence upon the Old English Church.  I’ll see what I can do about smuggling some cryptic crease-up about her and leaping into my kiddies’ book.  If memory serves the sunnan hléap was how the Old English expressed the concept of the plane of the ecliptic.