Ye Olde Linguistic Lockout
Older works can be harder to read sometimes
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(permanent link) added: 2013-05-29 09:18:53 sponsor: arbiter099 (last reply: 2013-06-01 14:19:57)

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Example Book is an amazing old classic of literature, and you've seen the story a million times in adaptations or re-imaginings but now you want to go back and experience the original for yourself. There's one problem: it was written almost 200 years ago. The words are in the same language, but the phrases and diction look almost totally alien to you.

Because Language Marches On and the words that we use today are very different from the ones of our forefathers, the way that we use them to tell stories has also become very different. This can cause quite a headache whenever you want to go back and enjoy those old stories, but the way they were written just gets in the way. Commonly caused by Flowery Elizabethan English and Sesquipedalian Loquaciousness.

See also, Get Thee to a Nunnery, Have a Gay Old Time, and Ye Olde Butcherede Englishe which is a deliberate attempt at inflecting language that might cause this effect.

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