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On Wed, 28 Mar 2001 [log in to unmask] wrote:

> On Wed, 28 Mar 2001, Patrick Dunn wrote:
>
> > any thood.  He rote mony playen: tragedien ilike Hamlet ond Othello;
> > comedien ilike Loves Werk's Ilost ond Much Ado About Nothing; ond
>
> Tragedien and comidien, eh?  So these Saxons got themselves a dose of
> Greek along the way.

Nowsith Englisc of course made a few learned borrowings.  "Tragedy" and
"Comedy" are useful generic terms which don't exist in Old English.  When
Americans in this time line watch situation comedies, though, they don't
call them "comedies."  Probably "laughshown."  "Comedy" is a strictly
learned word, even jargon.

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