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Our Magnificent Bastard Tongue (Gotham Books, 197 pages, $22.50)
Miscegenated English
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“First, in many places they were quite densely concentrated: in some parts of Danelaw most people were of Danish ancestry. This means that ‘Scandi'-sounding English would have been a matter of not just the occasional Dane or Norwegian here and there (‘Mommie, hwy spæketh he like thæt?'), but a critical mass of people.” (pg. 114)
The Oxford History of Britain.
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The Canterbury Tales,
'We are got acquainted?'
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