|What's a pirate's favorite archaic form of a preposition?|
What's a pirate's favorite archaic form of a preposition?
Mar. 17th, 2006 @ 11:06 am
, an old form for ad; v. ad
|Date:||March 17th, 2006 08:29 am (UTC)|| |
Just learned that the medieval Venetians were professional pirate-hunters (sorry, ballincollig
Bartholomaeus Anglicus says of them:
"Dalmatum et Sclauorum piratarum praedam Tyrannicam reprimit et compescit."
And on the Dalmatians he says: "Gens illius terrae est fortis et robusta, praedis dedita et rapinis, piraticam enim vitam ex ipsis plurimi ducunt."
Yo ho, YO HO, piratica vita mihi
|Date:||March 17th, 2006 10:02 am (UTC)|| |
It's amusing you should post this now, because just last night I was reading this post
on the history of "arrrr." Also it's amusing because it gives me a chance to use this brand new userpic for the first time!
I always like to joke that Roman pirates probably said errrrrrr
. Likewise Greek pirates would have said ῤῤῤῤῤῤῤῤῥῶ. And Phoenician pirates presumably would have said ררררררררש. It's all perfectly logical.
I fail to see the relationship between "arrr", "errrr," "ῤῤῤῤῤῤῤῤῥῶ" and "ררררררררש." arrr is a perfectly acceptable phonetic combo in each of those languages...
What's the joke?
|Date:||March 18th, 2006 11:55 am (UTC)|| |
heheheheh. They're the names of the letter that represents /r/ in each of the languages.
The Phoenician is of course not known for sure, but it's a logical guess, given the name in Aramaic (later borrowed into Hebrew), and given the fact that Phoenician usually drops alephs when they're silent.
...I should'a been able to figure that one out. Bah.
Great afternoon chuckle! :)
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