Ziggy by Tom Wilson & Tom II

Ziggy

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  1. TEMPLO S.U.D.

    TEMPLO S.U.D. said, over 4 years ago

    I remember my older brother having a copy of The Canterbury Tales. I think that was how they spelled in the XIV-century England. It did look weird to me too.

  2. runar

    runar said, over 4 years ago

    It’s not a matter of spelling. Chaucer’s time falles into the Middle English period, which ran from about 1100 to 1470. During this period, English was gradually working out the influx of French brought by the Norman Conquest, and becoming fixed upon the dialect of London and the southeast. Spelling was haphazard, and did not become standardized until the introduction of printing presses in the later 15th century. The differences between Middle and Modern English are too great to be considered merely a transitional form but not so significant to consider it a separate language.

    “Whan that Aprill in its shoures soote…”

  3. Parethed

    Parethed GoComics PRO Member said, over 4 years ago

    Reading it in high school was still confusing as the devil…

  4. furnituremaker

    furnituremaker said, over 4 years ago

    Yet, people STILL insist that the King James is the only one…go figure!

  5. Me_Again

    Me_Again said, over 4 years ago

    I’m one of the few who could actually understand The Canterbury Tales in Middle English… and I’m 13 years old.

  6. notinksanymore

    notinksanymore GoComics PRO Member said, over 4 years ago

    I had more trouble with the crazy capitalization than with the spelling. I found it rather distracting.

  7. Brother_James437

    Brother_James437 said, over 4 years ago

    Who uses “spell check”?

  8. Smiley R Mom

    Smiley R Mom GoComics PRO Member said, over 4 years ago

    I couldn’t handle the Middle English spelling, looked for an audio version to borrow and was unsuccessful. I settled for a children’s version to get the jist of the tales. My thought is that an audio version would be much easier to understand (rather listening to someone with an accent) than deciphering the phonics of Middle English myself.

  9. MrsLukeSkywalker

    MrsLukeSkywalker said, over 4 years ago

    That’s one SMART birdie.

  10. celecca

    celecca GoComics PRO Member said, over 4 years ago

    Beowulf in 7th and 12th grades, Canterbury Tales in 10th grade. Confusion and frustration reigned, yet we turned out okay!

  11. Nun'Ya Bidness

    Nun'Ya Bidness said, over 4 years ago

    Me_Again, it’s good that you can understand that dialect. It means you can stand back and look at the bigger picture. Some older folks refuse to try. I had trouble at your age, and it’s only been recently that I’ve been able to stand back, sound it out and then listen. I’m 50.

  12. J Ranch

    J Ranch GoComics PRO Member said, over 4 years ago

    nuthin worse than a smart mouthed bird! lol

  13. freeholder1

    freeholder1 said, over 4 years ago

    Holy Spirit stamp of approval was the last one required, joe.

  14. freeholder1

    freeholder1 said, over 4 years ago

    More errors than thee canst shake a speare at.

  15. freeholder1

    freeholder1 said, over 4 years ago

    Can the bird fly over Ann Coulter and leave a message?

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