Animated history of the English language

If you've got 10 minutes, you can learn the history of English — including some interesting background on where specific words and phrases came from. (If you don't have 10 minutes, you can also watch the whole thing one chapter at a time in less-than-two-minute segments.) Interesting note: The equal importance of both The King James Bible and early scientific publications/societies to the formation of English as we speak it today.

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  1. Hmm, I thought Werewolf was a Latin-Germanic compound word? Latin for man being 'vir', 'wolf' being a Germanic word. So man-wolf.

    Romans famously all had a kind of speech impediment and pretty much sounded like this wink

  2. Everything you need to know about Dr.Johnson in one minute and forty seven seconds:

  3. Why is it that the English always come up with the best ways of explaining English? Probably because they've been using it longer than the rest of us. I just wish I could jump a few hundred years forward and watch the new version of this explaining how Chinese became a global language.

  4. I think the engineering and construction use of the word firewall came before the internet.

    This video was amusing but packed with clichés, stereotypes, and little errors like the one above.

  5. Yes that was my thoughts. There are large amounts of Latin, French & Germanic in the english language. Interestingly small amounts of word heritage from languages like Hindi. Shampoo for example.

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