On Words (and Onwards)

Language changes. Like, it really changes — and quite dramatic changes with each cultural shift. Otherwise, if you are a reader of English, you’d be able to breeze through this with no problem:

Whan that aprill with his shoures soote

The droghte of march hath perced to the roote,

And bathed every veyne in swich licour

Of which vertu engendred is the flour;

-Excerpt from the Prologue of the Canterbury Tales by Geoffrey Chaucer, 14th Century