Old english word for dating
An older woman who frequents clubs in order to score with a much younger man.
As Amos puts it, '[it] is as if we knew that Sir Philip Sidney wrote in the late sixteenth century and Wallace Stevens in the mid-twentieth century, but could not assign even relative dates within that period to the work of Dickens and Shakespeare' (pg 1). Bloomington and Indianapolis: Indiana University Press, 1991.] Russom, Geoffrey.
One of the more interesting, and empirically-sound, clues to the date of composition of Beowulf lies in a consideration of certain aspects of the metre of the poem.
Specifically, the conformity of the metre of Beowulf to 'Kaluza's Law' (governing the resolution of syllables into a single position) would be unexpected if the poem had been composed after 825 AD. 'Artful Avoidance of the Useful Phrase in Beowulf, The Battle of Maldon, and Fates of the Apostles'. [reprinted in Interpretations of Beowulf: a critical anthology.
What follows attempts to present a straightforward synopsis of the relevant facts, largely based on R. Fulk's excellent work on the dating of Old English poems based on Kaluza's Law (see Fulk, A History of Old English Meter, §§ 170-183, §§406-421), which suggests that Beowulf was composed between 685 AD - 725 AD (though one should be aware that there are other valid arguments for a later date of composition, as well as some difficulties with the evidence provided by Kaluza's Law:-- see postscript below).
Even though the other phrases mean the same thing, they aren't what Stephen says, which is why they're marked as wrong.