The Saxon for "Watch out (I'm going to attack you)!"

Mark Mandel thnidu at GMAIL.COM
Tue Nov 25 22:29:21 UTC 2008

Oh, heck, if modern filmgoers can understand any of the dialogue it's all

Mark Mandel

On Sun, Nov 23, 2008 at 11:26 AM, Joel S. Berson <Berson at> wrote:

> While trying not to watch the film "The Black Knight" (1954, Alan
> Ladd), set during the reign of King Arthur, I heard him (the Black
> Knight, that is) challenge an opponent to a sword fight with "en
> garde!"  An anachronism for an early 6th century former blacksmith
> and swordsmith?
> Joel

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