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What does the sign at the end of the corridor say?

Gracing the south wall of the main corridor in the CSL is a quotation from King Alfred the Great of England (c. 849-899), commenting in the late 9th century about the lack of translations of Latin texts into the English of his day. He writes: ‘They didn’t know that men would every become so reckless […]

What is ġeðēode?

ġeðēode (NOM pl) is the Old English for ‘languages’. [ġ] is pronounced like y in year, ð is th in thigh. This version of the word includes all the scholarly diacritics to help you pronounce the word and get the short and long vowels right.