Origin of Some Popular English Idioms III
Apr05

Origin of Some Popular English Idioms III

The origins of a selection of some popular English expressions and sayings.

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Going Dutch – Dutch Influences on the English Language
Mar29

Going Dutch – Dutch Influences on the English Language

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.

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Speak Like a Saxon
Jan18

Speak Like a Saxon

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.

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In Politics Why Does Left Mean Liberal and Right Mean Conservative ?
Jan08

In Politics Why Does Left Mean Liberal and Right Mean Conservative ?

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 ?

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Wordsmith – Indian wordpower
Nov16

Wordsmith – Indian wordpower

Improve and test your wordpower against some Indian words that have found their way into the English language.

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Wordsmith – Test your wordpower
Aug03

Wordsmith – Test your wordpower

Improve and test your wordpower against some 18th- and 19th-century words, still in use today.

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Where did upper and lower case letters come from?
Jul17

Where did upper and lower case letters come from?

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?

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Our Living Language
Jun29

Our Living 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 ?

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Nursery Rhymes – Origin & History II
Apr27

Nursery Rhymes – Origin & History II

Behind every nursery rhyme is a history and story that’s every bit intriguing as the rhyme itself.

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How was the order of our alphabet determined?
Apr17

How was the order of our alphabet determined?

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.

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Wordsmith – Food for thought
Apr10

Wordsmith – Food for thought

Improve and test your gastronomic wordpower.

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Origin of Some Popular English Idioms II
Jan24

Origin of Some Popular English Idioms II

The origins of a selection of some popular English expressions and sayings.

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How does language influence the way we think ?
Jan06

How does language influence the way we think ?

Does our language influence the way we think and perceive the world around us? Psychologists think it does.

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Nursery Rhymes – Origin & History
Dec16

Nursery Rhymes – Origin & History

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.

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Reconstructing the 1st language
Oct21

Reconstructing the 1st language

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.

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