Posts Tagged ‘linguistics’

Whoops, wrong Olde English. Today I shall tell you the (extremely simplified) story of how English came to be. In the 5th century AD during a period called “the Migration Period,” the Roman Empire was waning in influence in Northwest Europe and Germanic peoples started expanding out from their territory. Romans had been already in […]


I’m in love! Ten episodes, a minute a piece, tracking the history of the English language. Just FYI, two of the seven words in the title of this post aren’t of English or Germanic origin. Which ones?


In 1066, the Normans crossed the English Channel and invaded Hastings on the Southern English coast. The Norman king, William I, won the battle, killing the English king, Harold II, in the process. Despite winning the battle, the Normans were sick, tired and ready to be done. William I waited in Hastings for the English […]