Thursday, 19 November 2009

Speak like a Saxon #14: The rains came down...

What with all the living in huts without double-glazing and damp-proof-courses, the Anglo-Saxons probably got quite wet quite a lot. But that's no reason to be down. Oh no. When the rains fall and the floods rise, know that they'll go away again sooner or later. Life is cyclical, and so proclaim this line (pilfered straight from the poem The Battle of Maldon) in defiance:

Se flod ut gewat! - 'The flood went away*!!! ["say flohd oooooot ye-waat"]

There.

* well, technically it's translated as 'the flood went out', but that doesn't sound as good.

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