Anglo-Saxon
Definition - An obsolete name for Old English, the written and spoken English that was used between 450 CE and 1100 CE. It is the English of Beowulf.

According to Simon Winchester in the Meaning of Everything, the name was changed to Old English "to promote notion of English being an ever evolving language."


The first page of Beowulf from the Nowell Codex (circa 1000 CE).
The first page of Beowulf from the Nowell Codex (circa 1000 CE).


Etymology -
When interest in Old English writing revived circa 1586, the name Anglo-Saxon was initially given to the language that is now called Old English.

Oxford English Dictionary -
Its first citation in this sense is from 1586:
"In Anglo-Saxonicis legibus nusquam comparet."
(Camden Brit. 121)



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