LANGUAGE

If I ‘Ax’ a Question, Does That Mean I’m Uneducated?

Or might I instead be a 1000-year-old West Saxon? Or a medieval Spaniard?

Matthew Clapham
A-Culturated
Published in
4 min readMay 6, 2024

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Replica Anglo-Saxon homes in a field at West Stow, England
How should I ask the villagers if they have an axe? (Photo: Midnightblueowl, CC BY-SA 3.0, via Wikimedia Commons)

“It is impossible for an Englishman to open his mouth without making some other Englishman hate or despise him.”

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Matthew Clapham
A-Culturated

Professional translator by day. Writer of silly and serious stuff by night. Also by day, when I get fed up of tedious translations. Founder of Iberospherical.