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    History of English

    As with all languages, English was not created by a single person. Im stating the obvious here. As it is though I would like to research the history of English how it came to be and how it developed. Even Dr. Seuss, the author who wrote children's books made a small contribution to the English language. Dr. Seuss invented the word "grinch" which is now a real word in the English language and what it means is somebody who spoils or dampens the pleasure of others. A killjoy. Although English is perhaps the most developed and the most versatile language in the world which partially explains why its the most used language in the world, it does have its limitations and it does have its flaws. By researching the development of a language thats how it can be discovered how its flaws formed and although it takes a long time to fix flaws in language as languages evolve very slowly its at least good to know how the flaws formed. I do have some gripes with the English language.

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    Re: History of English

    Welcome Photon Guy. You are joining a large group of serious scholars (not in joining Usingenglish, but in studying the history of the languagege.) Good luck and enjoy your project.

    Here is a playful but difficult question for us "scholars" here at Usingenglish. What word did the Rolling Stones contribute to the English language?

    If you try hard but can't get it please admit the fact. I'll be the first. I couldn't get it. But when you hear the answer you will know for sure it's right.
    Last edited by probus; 25-Feb-2017 at 04:52.

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    Re: History of English

    English is a kind of mongrel language that emerged from the peoples mixing on the island through successive waves of migration and invasion. Saxon, Viking, Latin and French are the major sources.

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    Re: History of English

    Quote Originally Posted by probus View Post
    Here is a playful but difficult question for us "scholars" here at Usingenglish. What word did the Rolling Stones contribute to the English language?
    You got me, I have no idea.

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    Re: History of English

    Quote Originally Posted by Photon Guy View Post
    You got me, I have no idea.
    Any other takers?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Photon Guy View Post
    You got me, I have no idea.
    Okay, 24 hours. If nobody gets it I will reveal the answer tomorrow.

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    Re: History of English

    Is it "groupie"?

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    Bravo Kilroy. You nailed it!
    Last edited by probus; 27-Feb-2017 at 00:25.

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    Re: History of English

    So its interesting that even in recent times there have been some changes and contributions to the English language. People such as Dr. Seuss and the Rolling Stones have had some control over the English language even if all they did was to just add a word. I wish I had significant control over the English language although I know that would not be possible. To do so not only would I have to have whatever is necessary to control the development of a language but I would also need a time machine since the history of English development goes back hundreds perhaps thousands of years. As I said, although English has gained a tremendous level of development and versatility I do have my gripes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Photon Guy View Post
    So it's interesting that ...
    I imagine everyone has a few gripes about their own language, though more so about those they're learning as a second language. No single person can possibly control the development of a language, quite rightly!
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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