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Q: Ancient British Joke ( No Answer,   4 Comments )
Subject: Ancient British Joke
Category: Arts and Entertainment > Performing Arts
Asked by: footfarmer-ga
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Posted: 01 Oct 2005 08:16 PDT
Expires: 31 Oct 2005 07:16 PST
Question ID: 574982
Hi - I wonder what is the earliest recorded British joke (I suppose
that could include Saxon, Gaelic, Norman-French and maybe Latin from
Romans - hmm) Hi, I wonder what is the earliest recorded joke in the
British Isles. Thank you.
There is no answer at this time.

Subject: Re: Ancient British Joke
From: tutuzdad-ga on 01 Oct 2005 08:20 PDT
My guess is that it probably has something to do with what is, or
isn't, worn under a kilt.

Subject: Re: Ancient British Joke
From: iakona-ga on 01 Oct 2005 08:23 PDT
I would have thought the first would be about holding a sword or
something of a warlike nature.
Subject: Re: Ancient British Joke
From: pinkfreud-ga on 01 Oct 2005 11:24 PDT
You might be interested in some of the Anglo-Saxon riddles of the
Exeter Book. Three of the naughtier ones are here (translated into
modern English):

Info about the Exeter Book:
Subject: Re: Ancient British Joke
From: myoarin-ga on 02 Oct 2005 14:07 PDT
As usual, we have to give place to Pinkfreud, who has her hand on the
pulse of Anglo-Saxon humor.
I wanted to suggest that in an early English translation of the
Nibelungen Saga, in the scene where Brunnhilde is protecting her
maidenhood  - for some reason she and Siegfried have to share her bed
-  she places her sword between them.  In a still undocumented
version, Siegfried remarks:  "Yes, I wanted to get something straight
between us two (too?)"

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