Die „Wordhord“ ist eine Sammlung altenglischer Wörter, zu der jeden Tag ein Wort hinzukommt.
Sie entstand aus einer Wissenschafts-Kunst-Aktion Londoner Studierender:
„In autumn 2013 over pints at their local a group of postgrads from King’s College London pondered what they could do to engage the wider community of Finsbury Park in an exhibit on Old English in a single room of a small art gallery.
This was not the first time these students had been asked to rack their brains to come up with some ‘alternative’ way to present their research […]. As before, they were a bit sceptical of the whole thing, but after a few drinks they came up with an idea—a visual, interactive wordhord.
And this is what we did.
The Old English wordhord is (rather obviously) defined as ‘a word-hoard, a store of words’. […]
We thought, why not create our own wordhord? Our interest in Old English extends from the purely semantic to the historical to the poetic, and we could easily come up with a list of our favourite words. This could be our ‘hoard’. But why not open up the project to a wider community of Anglo-Saxonists and literature students all over the world? We decided that we’d open up our ‘hoard’ for a couple weeks, asking people via Twitter, Facebook and word-of-mouth to send us their favourite words of Old English. […] The day of the wordhord came and went. It was only a temporary exhibition; the wall has since been painted over and used for other purposes. […]
Eine der Teilnehmerinnen hat das Projekt dann fortgeführt:
„But I had enjoyed the wordhord too much to leave it to its fate as forgotten palimpsest of Furtherfield Gallery. I decided to give it new life in the form of an ‘Old English Word-of-the-Day’ Twitter account: @OEWordhord. Aside from giving me yet another way to avoid working on my dissertation, this Twitter account became a great way for me to keep on building my Old English vocabulary. It made looking up words more fun because this gave me new treasures to hoard. I enjoy seeing which words get retweeted the most (as of this post fastitocalon is number one by a long shot, followed by sceo) and reading people’s responses to different words.
So that’s how @OEWordhord got started and so shall it continue, because Old English is the dead language that refuses to die, hwæt!“
Neben dem erwähnten Twitter-Account gibt es auch ein Blog mit der Sammlung der Wörter.