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American English – The History of English (8/10)

American English – The History of English (8/10)

The History of English in Ten Minutes. Chapter 8: American English, or not English but somewhere in the ballpark. From the moment Brits first landed in America they needed names for all the new plants and animals, so they borrowed words like raccoon, squash and moose from the Native Americans, as well as most of …

English and Empire – The History of English (6/10)

English and Empire – The History of English (6/10)

The History of English in ten minutes. Chapter Six: English and Empire, or the sun never sets on the English language. With English making its name as the language of science, the Bible and Shakespeare, Britain decided to take it on tour, asking only for land, wealth, natural resources, total obedience to the crown and …

Internet English – The History of English (9/10)

Internet English – The History of English (9/10)

In 1972 the first email was sent. Soon the Internet arrived – a free global space to share information, ideas and amusing pictures of cats. Before then English changed through people speaking it – but the net brought typing back into fashion and hundreds of cases of repetitive strain injury. Nobody had ever had to …

Global English – The History of English (10/10)

Global English – The History of English (10/10)

In the 1500 years since the Roman’s left Britain, English has shown an unique ability to absorb, evolve, invade and, if we’re honest, steal. After foreign settlers got it started, it grew into a fully-fledged language all of its own, before leaving home and travelling the world, first via the high seas, then via the …

Shakespeare – The History of English (3/10)

Shakespeare – The History of English (3/10)

The History of English in ten minutes. Chapter 3: Shakespeare, or a plaque on both his houses. As the dictionary tells us about 2000 new words and phrases were invented by William Shakespeare. He gave us handy words like eyeball, puppy dog and anchovy and more show-offy words like dauntless, besmirch and lacklustre. He came …