All posts tagged "old english"
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
The History of All Hallows’ Eve: The Etymology of ‘Halloween’
Halloween, Hallowe’en, All Hallows’ Eve — English speakers use many names for the holiday that occurs each year on October 31....InformationOctober 28, 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
Evidence for the Death of the English Case System
Of the following eight sentences, which contain grammatically possible uses of English pronouns? My husband and I went to the movies....English PronounsSeptember 21, 2011