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Lee-Marie Hotchkiss: A clarification on Old English

I am a former English teacher and when I read Lorraine Jewett’s column about learning “Olde English” The Union, I shuttered.

Old English was from around 450 to 1066 A.D., and is truly a foreign language. Without training one simply can’t read the words. After that, the aristocrats spoke French, but the common people held onto Anglo-Saxon. Middle English was in the 1300s; some call it Chaucer’s language.

Shakespeare or Elizabethan English has the wherefore art thou’s in it. Just thought I would clarify.

Lee-Marie Hotchkiss

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