Some students are complaining about all that "Old English" language in the reading assignment for Sports Literature class. All those old-timey words slow them down. Can't they read something more, like, modern?
I know what you're wondering: What are Old English texts doing in a Sports Literature class? Did someone declare dragon-killing a sport?
The problem, of course, is that students apply the phrase "Old English" to any word not in their everyday spoken vocabulary, like gossamer or spheroid or even converged. In this case, they're complaining about Bernard Malamud's The Natural, published in 1952.
That's right: 1952.
That's something like modern, but the students don't even know it.