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By Bones McCoy
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Malcolm Armsteen wrote:
Mon Jan 27, 2020 6:07 pm
Æ is most definitely OE - Æthelraed, Ælfgyfu and so on. As far as I am aware Latin orthography never used it as a grapheme, ae was not uusually ligatured. instead you might find it in mediæval Latin texts using OE orthography. It's a grapheme called æsc (pronounced 'ash') and is frequent.

Not in Chaucer's English, though! That was Middle English, and the Old English graphemes had largely gone. Eventually killed off by printing. Which is a pity, because eth ð and thorn ϸ were useful.
I've always struggled badly with all that linguistic and pronounciation stuff.

We did some Chaucer at school (Several knob jokes in there to keep the class sane).
Never thought it would be any use, stuff that was obviously intended to rhyme, but didn't.
Years later, it proved immensely helpful when I was trying to learn the Dutch language.

Anyway, more stuff I didn't understand - but explained properly.

By Malcolm Armsteen
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Really not convinced by that (is he the professor from the Rocky Horror Show?).

The GVS is still continuing, it is a dynamic process. A recent (19th into 20th century) example is the short [e].
Used to be pronounced as [a] - hence the Varsity match and the Derby hat. And why you can never understand a Kiwi barmaid*, because it hasn't reached New Zealand yet.

*We had one who pronounced her long as a long [a] so she really did leave the bar for a few minutes 'to get my arse'. In an arse bucket.
By Andy McDandy
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Apparently Fox has had a sit-down with Bonnie Greer, and is now saying he's had his eyes opened and regrets his attempted career move.

Hate to be cynical, but I suspect he realised that he'd shot his acting career in the foot, and the right were already moving on.
By Boiler
lord_kobel wrote:
Tue Jan 28, 2020 6:39 pm
Some of the replies on here might be of use to us at some point:
Those double-sided foam pads. Nothing shifts those, not even thermonuclear devices. Just make sure the urinal's dry first.
By spoonman
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Re: The Brexit 50p coins.

I'm slightly surprised that it wasn't announced as being a ten shilling commerative coin - would have made most gammonites close to climax if they had done that.
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