Friday, October 01, 2010

Aethelred the Unready


Switching on the radio, I heard the end of a comment by a Conservative MP (I presume) about welfare reform. "We don't want to be like Aethelred the Unready!" he exclaimed. My question is, does he know that "Unready" is a mistranslation of the old English "unraed" which means "bad counsel"? Aethelred was not unprepared, he was ill-advised.

6 Comments:

Anonymous kinglear said...

Ah but every school boy knows he was unready as well....

5:15 pm  
Blogger Welshcakes Limoncello said...

Doesn't sound like he knew to me! WW, when I try to go into your blog on my other computer, I am getting a malware warning. Thought you should know. Pat

10:52 pm  
Blogger Winchester whisperer said...

Oh? Thanks for letting me know, WL

9:43 am  
Blogger Ellee Seymour said...

I didn't realise that. So that would fit the MP to a T then!

6:46 pm  
Blogger Winchester whisperer said...

lol Ellee

10:26 am  
Blogger Winchester whisperer said...

lol Ellee

10:27 am  

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