On 17/10/2015 18:25, John Clark wrote:
> It's not that the Victorian compilers of Old English dictionaries were prudish, Mike - if the word doesn't appear in an original Old English document it won't get in the dictionary. I've just checked one well-known four-letter word in the OED. It is first recorded in Middle English in the 13th century - it's assumed to derive from Old English - there are related words in Old Frisian, Middle Dutch, etc - but the Old English word itself is 'not securely attested'.
When looking at Latin using regular dictionaries much of the meaning
remained opaque due to the prudishness of translators and dictionary
writers (both Victorian and modern). So I've found the work of J.N.Adams
in Latin to be evaluable addition providing the additional meanings not
in the normal dictionaries.
I was just wondering if there was an equivalent work on Old English (and
what about Welsh and Gaelic?)