HWÆT!!!!!!

THE HISTORY OF ENGLISH IN ALL CAPS

DID YOU KNOW THAT THE WORD “LORD” IS A COMPOUND?

WELL IT USED TO BE ANYWAY

IN OLD ENGLISH IT WAS “HLÁF-WEARD”, LITERALLY “LOAF-WARD” — THAT IS, THE HEAD OF THE HOUSEHOLD, WHO KEPT THE BREAD THAT EVERYBODY ELSE WOULD EAT!

BY THE MIDDLE ENGLISH PERIOD IT WAS PRONOUNCED “LAFORD,” AND OVER TIME IT BECAME THE MODERN WORD “LORD.”

SIMILARLY: “LADY” IS FROM “HLÁF-DIE”, MEANING “BREAD-KNEADER”! ‘CUZ THE LADY WOULD MAKE THE BREAD APPARENTLY

WAY TO BE GENDER-NORMATIVE THERE, OLD ENGLISH

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