I found this interesting documentary on YouTube. It's an eight part series that explains where English comes from. Based on this book.
Did you know?
- The modern Frisian language is the closest sounding language to the English used approximately 2000 years ago, when the people from what is now the north of the Netherlands travelled to what would be the United Kingdom and pushed the Celtic language (Celts) to the western side of the island. Words like "blue" can be recognized in the Frisian language.
- The use of latin-based words in the English language is because of the Christian movement.
- The word "rhyme" was given an "h" simply because the word "rhythm" already had one.
- Alcohol also added a great deal of words to the English language, "bootlegging" referred to hiding a flat bottle of alcohol in the leg of a boot. "And there were literally hundreds of terms from drunk," says Bragg. "Benjamin Franklin listed 229 of them minted in America, including... 'He's wamble-cropped,' 'He's halfway to concord,' 'He's ate a toad and a half for breakfast,' 'He's groatable,' 'He's globular,' [and] 'He's loose in the hilts.'"
- Novels were thought to be a frivolous occupation for females until Jane Austen wrote about the capabilities of such works in her own novels; her works were highly proper, often using words like "agreeable", "appropriate", "discretion", and "propriety".
Check out the rest of the series here: