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- proper n. The ancestor language of Modern English, spoken in England and parts of Scotland (where it became Lowland Scots) from about 1100 AD to 1500 AD. It developed from Anglo-Saxon, also called Old English, with heavy influence from French and Latin after the Norman invasion.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. See English, n., 2.
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- n. English from about 1100 to 1450
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As it happens, English-speakers did employ the word guerre toward the end of the Middle English period, and they kept it in circulation for roughly ten generations.
Here are some events that changed the language in its phases as Middle English (from 1066 to 1500) and Early Modern English (1500 to 1800):
Mr. Dean, who as a young father regaled his daughters with passages from Geoffrey Chaucer's "Canterbury Tales" in Middle English and fed the girls plump blueberries from the back yard, died of a brain aneurysm Dec. 2 at Virginia Hospital Center in Arlington County.
It's arguably the first work of English Literature -- though, as it's written in Middle English, you probably won't be able to read it here's a sample:
The Normans' attempt to foist their language on their subjects would eventually result in the mongrelism of Middle English which explains modern English's glut of synonyms.
Written in a discursive Middle English, it has inspired several rewrites in modern times, including T.H. White's "The Once and Future King" (1958), the first part of which became the 1963 Disney movie "The Sword in the Stone," and John Steinbeck's "Acts of King Arthur and His Noble Knights" (1976).
My friend was an English major back in the day, and the ceremony was filled with extended readings — some in Middle English — from First Samuel and First Corinthians, Plato, Shakespeare, Oscar Wilde and William Meredith, as well as traditional and popular music from when the two of them were young.
•The earliest-known, near-complete translation of the Psalms to Middle English.
You really don't want to know what they've done to Early Modern and Middle English texts; it'll make you cry.
My family's collective monthly outlay would have any medieval monk doffing his cowl and wishing us whatever the Middle English is for 'nuff respect', but then we have become experts over centuries at surviving on the bare minimum.
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