On 23 Oct 2009, at 07:33, John Wood wrote:
>>> From: Dan Hull <[log in to unmask] wrote:
> What did the conquerors leave behind?
> Quite a lot I seem to remember, roads, towns, villas, lots of
> fortifications and, oh yes, a whopping great wall!
And they made English impossibly difficult to spell, as their alphabet
didn't have letters for OE sounds :)
BEOR, es; m. I. BEER, nourishing or strong drink; cerevisia, sicera.
Beer, made from malted barley, was the favourite drink of the Anglo-
Saxons. In their drinking parties, they pledged each other in large
cups, round at the bottom, which must be emptied before they could be
laid down, hence perhaps the name of a tumbler. We are speaking of the
earliest times, for beer is mentioned in Beowulf :-- Gebeotedon beore
druncne oret-mecgas, ðæt hie in beór-sele bidan woldon Grendles guðe
the sons of conflict, drunk with beer, promised that they would await
in the beer-hall the attack of Grendel, Beo. Th. 965; B. 480.