I’m working on Old English homework. Not a bit of it is making any sense at all, and I doubt I’m retaining any of it since I can’t see the logic behind what I’m supposed to be learning (WHY are ð/þ voiced when they are between some letter combinations and not others? I have no clue! Picking out words in which they are voiced from a list teaches me nothing unless I know WHY the ones I randomly pick are right or not! Geez).
I just did an exercise in which I was given a sentence in modern English with one word or phrase highlighted, and I had to say what case it would be in if it were Old English. You know, Nominative, Genitive, Dative, Accusative stuff. Goin’ waaaaaay back to my Latin days…*shudders at the memories* Good old Mr. Spotts. (speaking of Mr. Spotts, I wonder how Cap’n Salty is…) (all you TPSers who read my blog, if you ever happen across Mr. Spotts [a Latin/Greek/Classics-y-stuff teacher], tell him Anna Goodling says hello) (I’m getting sidetracked. …I’m distracting myself from procrastinating…I am distracting myself from distracting myself…oo, this is fun.)
Anyhow. Exercise. About case. In modern English. I did it.
I kind of got 14 our of 27 questions right. And it wasn’t even in Old English! That’s what, 52%? I think I need to re-learn modern English grammar before I try and learn Old English grammar…
(In the sentence “The king had mercy on you,” why the heck is “you” Genitive?? I thought that was for possessives, not objects of prepositions! Seriously? MY GRAMMATICAL LIFE IS A LIE!)
*glowers* let’s just read things out loud and forget being grammatically correct. Hmph.
Life would be easy without case. Case is the bane of my existence. Let’s abolish case. From now on, THERE IS NO CASE! -_- EVER AGAIN!
Also the fact that my muscles don’t work right now is only making me more cantankerous. Yay for too-much-dance following too hard and fast on no-dance-at-all-for-three-weeks. Someone come give me a massage. I’ll pay you in…the torn and bloody remains of Case. Which I am in the process of slaying. As we speak. (As I type?)