The Actual Meaning and Proper Grammar Behind the Old English Lyrics of Classic Christmas Carols

In a holiday-themed episode of their incredibly informative whiteboard series for Mental Floss, linguist Arika Okrent and illustrator Sean O’Neill explain the meaning of the old English lyrics of several classic Christmas carols and point out proper grammar intended in each.

While you’re caroling this season, here’s a few grammar points to watch out for.