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From: Dennis King <>
Date: Sat, Oct 25, 2008 at 11:37 AM
Subject: [ANSAX-L] Medieval Irish Joke

I have recently put up a website with a translation and discussion of a
little story in Old Irish which is arguably the earliest surviving joke in
that literature:

I hope you enjoy it!

The entire site is available, as you will see, in a number of languages.  In
addition to that, I intend to put up a subsidiary site -- mostly just for
the fun of it -- with translations of the eight-line tale itself into
various other languages, living and dead.  Among the latter, I so far have
translations into Latin and Sanskrit in hand.  I would dearly love to see
the joke in Old English as well.  If anyone out there is up for that, please
let me know, on list or off.

Dennis King

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