Monday, January 01, 1990

footnote 0

0. There are very few words from Old English (which is kind of an artificial concept anyway, more of a conflation of various dialects) which have made the transition throught time and language permutations to the present. Gar, like in Gardena (spear-Danes) in the opening line of Beowulf, which is the title of this post, survives in words like garfish (spear-nosed fish) and garlic (spear-shaped-leaf leek). Fuck is (probably) another of the rare survivors. Therefore, I feel almost a religious need to support my linguistic heritage by using fuck as often as possible.