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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 …

The true story of ‘true’ – Gina Cooke

The true story of ‘true’ – Gina Cooke

Everyone knows that stories are made up of words, from short poems to epic novels. But did you know that a single word itself can tell an entire story? You see, just as we can look at a story’s plot, setting, and characters, we can also study the history of an individual word, where it …

The Zipf Mystery

The Zipf Mystery

Hey, Vsauce. Michael here. About 6 percent of everything you say and read and write is the “the” – is the most used word in the English language. About one out of every 16 words we encounter on a daily basis is “the.” The top 20 most common English words in order are “the,” “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 …