The following C16th jocosity is 100% idiot-proof, but the convention for the schools market would be (I compress and crumple) to modernise the spelling while conserving the phonetics, adjust the punctuation to reflect syntactic rather than rhetorical requirements, and fix any grammar perceived as broken:
I set my selfe close by his side, according to our agreement, and as the manner is, every one began to tell of the marvels which hee had seene in the world, the turne came to the goode man my master, who saide that hee had beene in the lande of Iaptha, and among other marvellous things that there he had seene was a church, which was a thousand foote longe: then I seeing him so far out of order, as I was readie prepared, pluckt him by the skirt, he presently understood me, and said; and one foot in breadth.
I’m ashamed to admit that when I think of historical reenactment lurking in the jungles of my mind is International Talk Like a Pirate Day. Is that grossly unfair–would creative anachronists prefer Urtext and other tools to help them talk like the originals–or are they content with pantomime English regional with the odd “hath” thrown in? (And, incidentally, how big is this kind of thing in continental Europe?)
- LEXIS WHICH IS NECESSARY FOR SOCIALIZATION, INFORMATION AND THE EXPRESSION OF ATTITUDES
Thanks to our good friend, Anon of Andalusia, for this excerpt from the requirements for those wishing to participate in public
- Non-compete agreements for freelance translators: the Groucho clause
My standard fare is NL/FR>EN legal and industrial, which goes down with a general lack of fuss and fury. But every
- Mosaic as de-/reconstruction
Yesterday the state-approved and -subsidised competition to Baldie Galactic was observed claiming that trencadís was yet more proof of the quite
- Canute, defeated by the waves, will nevertheless fix your plumbing
New business card from Barcelona’s best odd-job man.
- “the religious women of Vera Cruz are occupied in teaching grammar to the parrots of Alvarado”
Critique of John Pinkerton’s Modern geography (1807) in The Edinburgh Review: Or Critical Journal: The original is, ‘Hay en esta cuidad unas