We’re familiar with the idea that the French, German and Nordic languages have had a great impact on the English language. Lesser known is the impact of Dutch. In this article we look at how our modern English language has subsumed Dutch words and expressions with out us even knowing it.
Despite first appearances, the English we speak now is a direct descendant of Anglo-Saxon. So have you ever wondered what Anglo-Saxon might have sounded like ? In this article we look at how Anglo-Saxon was written and how it would have sounded.
We use the terms ‘Left wing’ and ‘Right wing’ in politics without really thinking about it. It’s a pretty odd thing to say. So how did these expressions come about ?
Improve and test your wordpower against some Indian words that have found their way into the English language.
Improve and test your wordpower against some 18th- and 19th-century words, still in use today.
Capitalization rules tend to vary by language and can be quite complicated, but how did we get the mixture we have today in the English language?
The English language is a constantly evolving. New words are constantly being added. Even the alphabet is not immutable. For example did you know that not so long ago there were 27 letters on the alphabet ?
Behind every nursery rhyme is a history and story that’s every bit intriguing as the rhyme itself.
Is there any particular reason why A comes before B or that Z is the last letter of the alphabet? We delve here into the origins of this and the system of writing.
The origins of a selection of some popular English expressions and sayings.
Does our language influence the way we think and perceive the world around us? Psychologists think it does.
As children we’re taught many different nursery rhymes. Most seem frivolous and amusing however behind every one is a history and story that’s every bit intriguing as the rhyme itself.
Is it possible to recreate the language of Stone Age man, spoken between 30,000 and 100,000 years ago? Some linguists believe it is.
The first English dictionary was the work of a single man just over 250 years ago. Here’s some background to this epic achievement.