In college I was the lone non-English major in an English lit course.
We read some of Beowolf in Old English, and four of the Canterbury
Tales in Middle English.
I think that's why I still have headaches, 25 years on... :-)
On Jan 8, 2009, at 9:54 AM, Barrie Robinson wrote:
> Despite Wikipedia the English language was spoken in Britain long
> before anyone landed from foreign shores. It was subsequently
> expanded by adopting words from other languages - a characteristic
> probably unique until the age of computers. Notice how Wikiwhatsit
> describes it
> English is a
> <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/West_Germanic_languages>West Germanic
> language originating in <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/England>England
> and is the <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/First_language>first language
> The phrase " originating in
> <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/England>England " is VERY significant
> (and contradictory). English contains Indian, Chinese, and all sorts
> words from other languages.....my god, even Australian !! "Public
> School (or BBC) English" came about because of King George's lack of
> good English and the court had to speak clearly and annunciate.
> At 06:56 PM 1/7/2009, David Breneman wrote:
>> Just remember, folks, that English started out as a
>> German dialect, and was subsequently polluted with
>> French by the nobility. That's why all the words
>> used by commoners are still German, and the words
>> used by royalty are French.
>> House = Haus which is German
>> Palace = Palais which is French
>> Swine = Schwein which is German
>> Beef = Boeuf which is French
>> Boat = Boot which is German
>> Yacht = Yacht which is French.
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