Wednesday 18 October 2017

Strange as folk

Your correspondent Padraig Neary of Tubbercurry, Co Sligo, has seemingly produced a new philological category to go beside Old English (700-1100) and Middle English (1100-1500) -- namely 'Old Middle English'.

I do not know the date of the first appearance of the saying 'there is nowt sae (sic) strange as folk', but perhaps we are to refer it to the period 1100-1150.

I had thought that the reference was to queer Yorkshire folk like Geoffrey Boycott and Ray Illingworth. But I must agree with Mr Neary when he says that the actions of modern governments in a post-religious era "are entirely reminiscent of some of the most oppressive religious periods in history".

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