All posts tagged "middle english"
- Thieves, Knives, and Chiefs and English Plurals
English is rule-based. I repeat: Like all languages, English is rule-based. A tweet recently appeared in my Twitter feed in which...InformationMay 3, 2020
- 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 PronounsMarch 12, 2019
- Christmastime Is Here: The Etymology of Christmas
Christmastime is here. Or is Christmas time here? From where and when does the word Christmas come? And is Xmas a...InformationDecember 13, 2018
- Why Is ‘Love’ Not Spelled ‘Luv’?
Have you ever thought about the English language and considered the orthographic system downright wacky? Many words have a “silent e”...InformationAugust 30, 2018
- 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...InformationAugust 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...InformationAugust 27, 2018