What would you do if you looked down on your page and saw hnecxian looking back up at you?
Would you sneeze? Would you flinch? Would you soften and fade back? Or would you be fascinated by this ink-insect?
You needn’t fear. Although you have just seen it looking back at you, snuffing and snorting and crisp and vexing, whether or not you softened, it has. Hnecxian is the Old English version of the word – in its infinitive verb form. The modern English form, verb, adjective, noun, and adverb, is nesh.
Which is more reminiscent of a bug after it has been squished. Or any other soft and perhaps unwelcome thing. Continue reading