Sunday, January 19, 2020

Write Stuff (part 2) - History of the English Language (in ten minutes)

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Words are the building blocks of writing, strung on the thread of grammar and style.

A rich and diverse language, its history sheds light on where many of the English words came from. And below is short summary:

Chapter 1:  Anglo-Saxon, Latin, Vikings
Chapter 2:  Norman French, Latin
Chapter 3: Shakespeare and cliches
Chapter 4: King James Bible
Chapter 5: Science jargon
Chapter 6: Empire and the world
Chapter 7: Dictionary and Dr. Johnson
Chapter 8: America and the Melting Pot
Chapter 9: Internet and techno-jargon
Chapter 10: Globalism and many flavors

Invasions, art, literature, science, tech, world empire, New World, ... English is alive and ever evolving. And it's been estimated about 1.5 billion people speak English. Of a population of 7.5 billion, that's 20% of the world.

Therefore English is the "Write Stuff" for a big slice of the world.


Other post in series:

Write Stuff (part 1) - Give them Hope  (2017)


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