Episode 59: Let’s Make A Deal

The decline of the Anglo-Saxon Golden Age occurred in the late 900s as the English kingdom passed from King Edgar to his son, Aethelred the Unready.  it was a period surrounded by many deals, contracts, bargains and treaties.  We examine the etymology of words related to deals and contracts. We also examine how literate Anglo-Saxons tried to balance the use of English and Latin.

5 thoughts on “Episode 59: Let’s Make A Deal

  1. I’ve just got to this episode having been listening to the podcast from the beginning over the last month or so. I am hugely enjoying it- but I have to point out a wording concern I had with this episode: You mentioned the normal age a priest could first have their ordination was when they were ‘ordinated’; at least in British English, the word is always ‘ordained’.
    I know I’m a little late to the party in pointing this out but I couldn’t hold back from saying so 😉
    (I spotted the ‘coronated’ issue too but see you picked this up in the next episode…)

    • Hi Clare,

      Thanks for the note. I reviewed the transcript for the episode, and I can’t find the word “ordinated” in it. Perhaps I said the word by accident, but it is not a word that I would normally use. I should note that the Oxford English Dictionary does list “ordinate” as a synonym for “ordain,” but “ordinate” sounds odd to my ears as well.

      • The word I heard, which stuck out as oddly as “ordinate” would have, was “coronate”: “the king was coronated” rather than “the king was crowned”. I noted it twice in this episode. (The act is a “crowning”, the event is a “coronation.”)

        But that’s a minor nit. I’m totally loving this podcast! Thank you so much.

    • It’s a vowel sound that developed within Australian English. I’m sure I will discuss it when I get to the Modern English period and the development of Australian English. I haven’t researched the specific history of that vowel sound, but it is one of the most distinguishing features of that accent.

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