Interested in Language
In the sentence below, what does "I bear bad tidings" mean?
I fear I bear bad tidings, my prince.
It would be I bring bad news?
We don't use "tidings" often, except around Christmas time - when phrases like 'tidings of comfort and joy' and 'glad tidings of great joy I bring' are spoken by children in Nativity plays throughout the West.
A related word is still current in the fossil phrase 'Woe betide you' - which means something like "look out, nasty things may happen". But that phrase isn't likely to crop up in mathematical circles.
You're an "encyclopedia alive". The sentence above is from a comic book, and it was Christmas time. No, it doesn't crop up in mathematical circles. You needn't know English in order to read mathematical papers. It is the same words all the time. Theorem, corollary, proposition, hence, therefore, bla bla ....
I like to read comic books to relax.