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Monday, July 29, 2013


William Shakespeare is still widely revered even though his Elizabethan English is difficult for the modern ear to follow.  When I watch a Shakespeare play it usually takes me about 20 minutes before I begin to follow the language - and that is not counting the arcane references that are no longer current.

Another book that is in Elizabethan English is the even more widely read King James Bible.  I wonder if Shakespeare would have had this longevity if it hadn't been for the King James Bible which kept that "dialect" familiar in the English speaking world.

Perhaps more to the point, now that we have a more modern (and less read) Bible and King James is gone with the wind, will Bill be far behind?

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