Time for a totally non-serious, fun post (not that the two can’t go together, but c’mon now). It’s been a while since I’ve been on the Chaucer Blog (and, from the look of it, the Chaucer Blogger hasn’t been too active either, the last post being from late October. As he himself says, “lyk unto an awkward silence duringe a date, a blogg wythout newe poostes seemeth to strecche on forevir.”). The t-shirt collection has grown–I wish I had the money to purchase a bunch of them. Alas, I’ll have to be content with marveling at the cleverness of the slogans.
Let’s start with a couple of the Mandeville shirts–“Prester John is my president,” and one that my friend Chris should get: “Straight outta St. Albans.” And then, to move to the main section, here are a couple of gems: “I’m impossible to date. Like Beowulf.” Or this one, which I really want: “Heavy is the head that weareth the Awesome.” Well, on second thought, that would suit my friend Megan much better. In this day and age of academic couples, this one has some punch: “whan adam delf, and eve span, who had to publish two books to get tenure?” Heh heh. Hmmm…what else. Oh, this one: “Dude, please sende lyk a wagon full of potato crispes for the munchies soore possess me.” And there are several Richard II prints to choose from, of which probably the best is “The voweles of the Englysshe tonge were supposed to shifte yn 1377, but Kyng Richarde tolde them to staye the helle where they were.” Lol… There are plenty of other good ones, such as “Hotte Courtlie Accioun,” and one of my favorites, “All your Aquitaine are belong to us.” But you get the picture.
Well, ok, two more. This one should be on the door of every medieval scholar, I think: “I am a medievalist. That does not mean I know ‘the truth’ about King Arthur.” And for all my medieval lit friends and acquaintances who have invested so much effort in the Confessio Amantis: “& hereof I appeale the John Gower that thou art a wanker.”