The History of English, in Ten Minutes

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    Dec 07, 2011 7:44 PM GMT
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    Dec 07, 2011 7:56 PM GMT
    You sure know how to make a linguist tingle in all the right places, Tino icon_redface.gif

    Poor Jutes. They go unacknowledged.
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    Dec 07, 2011 7:59 PM GMT
    pocketnico saidYou sure know how to make a linguist tingle in all the right places, Tino icon_redface.gif

    Poor Jutes. They go unacknowledged.

    Are you a cunning one?
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    Dec 07, 2011 8:02 PM GMT
    19c79 said
    pocketnico saidYou sure know how to make a linguist tingle in all the right places, Tino icon_redface.gif

    Poor Jutes. They go unacknowledged.

    Are you a cunning one?


    I've been known to be one ;)

    You'd think with the rivalry between the British and French that the British would abandon their silly spelling system, because the way they spell many words is too similar to French spelling. Hence, why American spelling is awesome because we had the sense to lessen the French influence in our variety of English.

    Just sayin' icon_rolleyes.gif
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    Dec 07, 2011 10:38 PM GMT
    That's awesome icon_smile.gif

    Years ago I taught ESL. I would often ask intermediate and advanced students what they thought was the hardest part about English. They would say the spelling, and in particular "you can read English and still have no idea how to pronounce it."
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    Dec 07, 2011 10:43 PM GMT
    My favorite part:
    "In America, the words carried on like 'fall, faucets, diapers and candy,' while in England, they used 'autumn, taps, nappies and NHS Dental Care.'"