(noun) An Old English word, fýrgebræc is defined as the distinct crackling and breaking noise blazing fire makes. Oftentimes this sound connotes a pleasant sensation, which makes humanity both fond and fearful of the beauty of fire.
An Old English word for library was “bōchord”, which literally means “book hoard”, and honestly I really think we should go back to saying that because not only does it sound really fucking cool, but it also sort of implies that librarians are dragons.
German: Ich, Mir, Du/Sie, Er, Sie, Wir, Sie Low Saxon: Ekj, Mie, Jie, Hee, See, Wie, See Old English: Ic, Mé, Ðu/Þu, Hé, Héo, Wé, Hie Dutch: Ik, Mij, Je/U, Hij, Ze, Wij, Ze Afrikaans: Ek, Jy/U, Hy, Sy, Ons, Hulle Frisian: Ik, My, Do, Hy, It, Wy, Sy Scots: Ah, Me, Ye, He, She, We, They Faroese: Eg/Jeg, Meg, Tú, Hann, Hon, Vær, Tey Old Norse: Ek, Mik, Þú, Han, Hon, Vér, Þau Danish: Jeg, Mig, Du, Han, Hun, Vi, De Norwegian: Jeg, Meg, Du, Han, Hun, Vi, de Swedish: Jag, Mig, Du, Han, Hon, Vi, De Icelandic: Ég, Mig, Þú, Hann, Hún, Við, Þau
German: Berg Low Saxon: Boajch Old English: Beorg Dutch: Berg Afrikaans: Berg Frisian: Berch Scots: Montan Faroese: Fjoll Old Norse: Fell/Fjall Danish: Bjerg Norwegian: Fjell Swedish: Berg/Fjäll Icelandic: Fjall
Fun fact: Italian hasn’t changed much since Dante. Modern Italians could read ancient texts from 1200 without much difficulty. By comparison, the Beowulf, which was written in Old English about 1000 years ago, is now entirely incomprehensible to modern English readers.
You will say that it’s easier for a Dane to study English than for a Spanish-speaking person to learn English or an Englishman Spanish; but I don’t think this is true, because English is a Latin language as well as a Germanic one. At least half the English vocabulary is Latin. Remember that in English there are two words for every idea: one Saxon and one Latin. You can say ‘Holy Ghost’ or ‘Holy Spirit,’ ‘sacred’ or ‘holy.’ There’s always a slight difference, but one that’s very important for poetry, the difference between ‘dark’ and ‘obscure’ for instance, or ‘regal’ and ‘kingly,’ or ‘fraternal’ and ‘brotherly.’ In the English language almost al words representing abstract ideas come from Latin, and those for concrete ideas from Saxon, but there aren’t so many concrete ideas.