Sunday, May 05, 2019



Roberta Frank, "The Unbearable Lightness of Being a Philologist," Journal of English and Germanic Philology 96 (1997) 486–513 (at 491-492):
Besides, studying old languages and materials was fun. So was learning from solemn editors that Old Norse húnn was either the name of a mysterious game-piece, a six-month-old bear, the knob at the top of a ship's mast, or an interjection signaling intense disgust. This was the company I wanted to keep.

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