How English has changed over the last 1000 years the 23rd Psalm Modern 1989 The Lord is my shepherd I lack nothing He lets me lie down in green pastures He leads me to still waters King James Bible 1611 The Lord is my shepherd I shall not want He maketh me to lie down in green pastures He leadeth me beside the still waters Middle English 1100-1500 Our Lord gouerneth me and nothyng shal defailen to me In the sted of pastur he sett me ther He norissed me upon water of fyllyng Old English 800-1066 Drihten me raet ne byth me nanes godes wan And he me geset on swythe good feohland And fedde me be waetera stathum systlin beautifultoastdream denchgang bluecaptions How English has changed in the past 1000 years the big mans a lad i have fuck all he lets me have a kip in a field he showed me a pond I think my favorite part is how the first three are totally comprehensible to a modern reader and then the fourth one is just “Wait what?” You can practically see where William the Conqueror came crashing into linguistic history like the Kool-Aid Man hollering about French grammar and the letter Q ^ I FUCKIN SPIT MY DRINK UP Meme
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