I’d finally put aside enough grant money for a field trip to study Old English in 1100 CE. The forms from the time travel company were endless.

I wish I’d read them better. There was a checkbox, enabled by default, to automatically translate my hearing and speech for the local language. Great for tourists, not good for linguists.

When I step into the tavern I hear the bard starting to recite Beowulf: “Bro! Tell me we still know how to talk about kings!”

Hwæt a disappointment!


(Translation shamelessly lifted from the 2020 translation of Beowulf by Maria Dahvana Headley, which is still on my to-read list.)

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