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== Terminology ==
Using the speech of a thousand years ago to describe modern concepts can be difficult, but it can be done. Authentic words ought to be used where they exist in the extant ''Englisc'' texts. Excessive neologisms should be avoided, if genuine Anglo-Saxon vocabulary can be used and applied accurately. Where a word or a concept is needed which does not exist in the original, there are a few steps you can take when writing or editing articles, to conjure the best possible term.
# See what other Germanic languages call it. One thing you can do, if the word has a Wikipedia article, visit that article's English version, and look at its translation links on the left-hand side of the page. With the cursor hovering over each link, view the URL preview, and see what others call it. Useful languages to look for are '''Deutsch''', '''Dansk''', '''Íslenska''', '''Svenska''', '''Nederlands''', '''Frysk''', and sometimes even '''Seeltersk'''. This can also be done on the "Translations" section of any Wiktionary page.
# Translate the etmological root. Sometimes this is a good method, sometimes it is not; you need to use judgement, particularly when blending this potential new term in with the rest of the language. For example, '''automobile''' ''could'' be rendered as '''selffērend''', but is there a closer authentic concept?
# Create a descriptive term. This is useful when a transliteration or translation is not possible, yet there is no consistency across other Germanic languages as to what they call it either. Remember that Germanic languages tend to be more descriptive in their nature, rather than technical. For instance, '''fȳrþyrel''' ''("fire hole")'' is used as "engine cylinder" in the [[Stēamwægn|steam car]] article.
# If all else fails, resort to a loan word. The general trend of modern Old English usage is a strive for language purity, but Old English of yore sometimes made use of loan words, and even today's Icelandic has had to. For example, it would be quite hard simply to represent "guitar" in Old English speech.
Useful resources relating to modern terminology can be found on the [[NWT|Neologism proposal page]] as well as the [[Hu secge ic|"How do I say_?"]] page. The first relates directly to tackling the issues mentioned in this section, and the second deals with using the best existing terminology, reapplied to the modern world. You will find both to be very helpful.
Finally, you need to remember that it is of utmost importance that you are ''understood'' by other people when they encounter your term for the first time. As such, it is important that all neologisms and also historical words used with new meanings in an article should be documented on the article's talk page, using the [[bysen:wordgetæl|wordgetæl]] template. The list of words should be bulletted and contained within the [[template:noc|noc]] template, to ensure that phonological notation will not be muddled by automated page conversion.
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