Monday, May 01, 2006

You Know You're a Textual Scholar When...

... you're channel surfing, flip past the Discovery channel, and in that split second you recognize the image as the first page of the Beowulf manuscript.

Me: Hey, that was the Beowulf manuscript!
Jason: How can you tell?
Me: Well, it was Old English, and I recognized the initial "H".
Jason: What?
Me: The big "H" at the beginning. I recognized it.
Jason: *looks at me with a mixture of contempt and pity*

Gads, what a geek I am.

2 comments:

  1. Other than "Textual Scholar" or "Philologist" is there another single word used for someone who studies manuscripts?

    Thanks,

    K~

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  2. Actually, neither "textual scholar" nor "philologist," strictly speaking, means someone who studies old manuscripts. The proper term is "palographer," and the field is called "paleography." I avoid using the term paleography in the Wordhoard, though, because most people don't know what it means.

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