Thursday, 26 November 2009

Speak like a Saxon #17: less than a month until Christmas

It’s less than a month until Christmas. Are you ready?

Have you got everything planned? What about a Christmas tree? A recent report proved that real trees are more environmentally friendly than the plastic ones.* Which is lucky really, since the Anglo-Saxons didn’t have plastic. They didn’t have Christmas trees either, for that matter, since the Tannenbaum was a Victorian fad stolen from Germany. But, details aside....

‘We have a proper Christmas tree’ – We habban geradlic Cristesmæssetreow [“way hab-ban ye-rad-litch Krist-es-mas-uh-tray-ow”]

‘You have a fake Christmas tree’ – þu hafast leas Cristesmæssetreow [“thoo haf-ast lay-as Krist-es-mas-uh-tray-ow”]

‘Our Christmas tree is environmentally friendly’ – Ure Cristesmæssetreow is middangeardfreondlic [“oo-re Krist-es-mas-uh-tray-ow iss mid-an-yay-ard-fray-ond-lic”]


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