Archive for May 2007
Most books on English recount the progression of what we typically learn in school, typically called Standard English. This books tells the story of the non-standard and fringe developments that helped make English what it is today.
It starts way back with English’s Germanic roots and progresses up to modern day. I never realized how much influence the Scandinavians had on English and how few words in English actually have Celtic roots. I’m currently only 100 pages into the book with another ~400 to go, but it is definitely holding my attention.