Old English with Mandy and Paul of ClickityLit

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Kate October 3, 2017

HWAET? Needless to say, you have been violently deprived of your head. Share this:TwitterFacebookPinterestEmailPrintGoogleLike this:Like Loading… You are a saint in a devotional Old English narrative. (a) paper
(b) bible
(c) horn
(d) dildo
(e) leather dildo
(f) WHAT. Old English with Mandy and Paul of ClickityLit
Detail from the first page of the Beowulf manuscript. (a) a jeweled goblet
(b) a helmet decorated with a boar
(c) a shield decorated with a boar
(d) rings, rings, rings
(e) a silver spear
(f) a shiny breastplate
9. (f) Gah, Tolkien. How do you feel? (a) sad
(b) sad-hearted
(c) sad-minded
(d) wretched
(e) wretched of heart
(f) wretched before dawn
3. It may take more time than dictionary-searching, but the results are far more innovative and dynamic. (Public domain via Wikimedia Commons.)
What Does Þæt Mean?! 4. My life was cut short −horribly, violently. 7. (e) foreigners!! Using state-of-the-art corpus linguistics tools and avant-garde state-of-mind technologies, the philological experts at ClickityLit have developed an astounding new tool for determining what any given Old English word means. Which character in Beowulf do you find most admirable? I was stripped, scraped, beaten, twisted, contorted, mutilated. RESULTS:
If you got…. QUESTIONS (choose one answer per question):
1. (a) wine
(b) mead
(c) beer
(d) wine
(e) mead
(f) beer
8. (a) my lord
(b) my retainer
(c) THE lord
(d) my companions, whom I have lost
(e) my husband, from whom I have been woefully and eternally parted
(f) my people, who have betrayed and exiled me
6. Simply answer the questions below as honestly as you can, tally your results, and find your word on the handy chart. Prepositions, pronouns, and demonstratives not included. (a) In exile
(b) They have passed, like all that is noble and beautiful in the world
(c) With the treasure-giver and the grief-bearer on the dragon-shore
(d) In the grey havens
(e) They were last seen with Eowyn, heading towards the Sea. (b) seeeexxxy barbarians
(c) make good slaves
(d) they’re no Picts, amirite?! Let’s begin! (f) who? (Beowulf)
Old English can seem intimidatingly foreign to the novice, and frustratingly opaque even to the devoted student. (a) Beowulf
(b) Beowulf
(c) Beowulf
(d) Beowulf
(e) Beowulf
(f) Beowulf
2. Where are the horse and the rider? What a thief. Ure æghwylc sceal ende gebidanworolde lifes; wyrce se þe motedomes ær deaþe; þæt bið drihtgumanunlifgendum æfter selest. NOTE: since this (patent-pending) technology is in beta, Old English translations are currently only available as compound nouns. then you can find your word-meaning at…
Mostly (a)s:   A-1
Mostly (b)s:   B-9
Mostly (c)s:   C-3
Mostly (d)s:   D-7
Mostly (e)s:   E-2
Mostly (f)s:   F-8
Mostly (a)s and (b)s:   G-6
Mostly (c)s and (d)s:   H-5
Mostly (e)s and (f)s:   I-4
None of the above:   E-8
AND FINALLY, LOOK IT UP ON THE CHART:

THE END. Where is it? That’s right: this cutting-edge formula delivered EXCLUSIVELY to readers of Vulpes Libris will tell you the meaning of whatever Old English word you happen to be wondering about−without looking up in a dictionary! Which do you prefer? Mandy and Paul are freelance llama farmers who enjoy consuming faux chocolate éclairs made of angel tears and tofu. Who do you love most in the world? (a) on a wolf
(b) in a church, obvs. Pick a tribe
(a) Danes
(b) Geats
(c) Frisians
(d) Angles
(e) Saxons
(f) Jutes
10. What do you think of the Welsh? Now I am beautiful and studded with treasure, happy because I am bringing so much goodness and pleasure. (c) strung up in a tree
(d) hanging around the neck of an abbot
(e) drawing pilgrims alongside the dessicated foreskin of Jesus Christ
(f) I think Ramsay Bolton ate it. send them to the hills! What would you rather own? You won’t believe the synergy! (a) barbarians!! You’re welcome. You are the protagonist in an Anglo-Saxon elegaic poem. We trust to your own robust linguistic faculties to adjust the word-form to a verb, adjective, or adverb, as needed. But never fear! For more of their devastating wit and erudition, visit them at ClickityLit.com.