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All posts tagged "latin influence"

  • A Short History of ‘You’

    “What’s wrong with you?” posits the Oxford Dictionaries. But, seriously, what’s up with the oddness that is the second person personal...

    English PronounsHeather JohnsonMarch 12, 2019
  • No Doubt the “Silent B” Owes a Subtle Debt to History

    School children all over the English-speaking world bemoan the many “silent” letters of English spelling. The orthographic system of the English...

    InformationHeather JohnsonAugust 28, 2018
  • Are You Wondering About the ‘R’ in February?

    English spelling appears inconsistent at first. From silent letters to doubled letters, the orthography of English seems downright wacky to native...

    InformationHeather JohnsonAugust 27, 2018
  • Latin Loanwords in English

    The English language has borrowed extensively from the Latin language beginning during the Germanic period before English was English through the...

    InformationHeather JohnsonNovember 8, 2011