Category Archives: English

OLD NORSE IN ENGLISH: The words the Vikings left behind

[…] The Vikings raided, pillaged… and changed our language. Their Old Norse words invaded English and many remain to this day (I used one right there – watch to find out which!). In this video, discover: ⚔️ The everyday words … Continue reading

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Accent Expert Gives a Tour of U.S. Accents – (Part One) | WIRED

Dialect coach Erik Singer takes us on a tour of different accents across English-speaking North America. Erik and a host of other linguists and language experts (Nicole Holliday, Megan Figueroa, Sunn m’Cheaux, and Kalina Newmark), take a look at some … Continue reading

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How the DUTCH Changed the English Language

[…] In this video you’ll discover the extraordinary influence of the Dutch and Flemish on the English Language. Well delve into the history, which includes a look Dutch and Flemish immigration, the economic and trading rivalry between England and the … Continue reading

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Where Does Newcastle’s Geordie Dialect Come From?

The Geordie accent is one of the most well-known accents from the United Kingdom. Even some of the dialect words and phrases have become well known such as “howay man” and “wey aye.” In this video I’ll be looking at … Continue reading

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Weird plurals in English: Men, geese, sheep, knives and many more

Everyone knows that you make plurals in English by an adding an S. So how come we have “men” instead of “mans” and “mice” instead of “mouses”? And why are “sheep” and “fish” the plural and the singular terms? In … Continue reading

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How the Vikings Changed the English Language

About 600-900 common English words come from Old Norse that was the language of the Vikings. In this video we look at the history of the Vikings in Britain and how they influenced the English language. If English is not … Continue reading

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17 Job Titles in Victorian Slang | Mental Floss

By Paul Anthony Jones Nov 2, 2015 | Updated: May 13, 2022, 1:23 PM EDT Are you an “adjective-jerker,” a “learning-shover,” a “sublime rascal,” or perhaps a “castor-oil artist”? In the late 18th and early 19th centuries, a trend emerged … Continue reading

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Pronouns: Little Words That Say a Lot | Otherwords

[…] Pronouns may be little, but they say a lot, and they’re always changing! Otherwords is a PBS web series on Storied that digs deep into this quintessential human trait of language and fınds the fascinating, thought-provoking, and funny stories … Continue reading

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The FBI Guide to Internet Slang | Kottke

In response to a Freedom of Information Act request in 2014, the FBI released their internal 83-page guide to internet slang (most of which are initialisms and acronyms). The quality of the scanned document is very poor, but it’s (just) readable. … Continue reading

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Why Is Q Always Followed By U?

SOURCES AND FURTHER READING Digraphs: https://www.twinkl.co.uk/teaching-wik… The QU Digraph: http://ingles-americano.blogspot.com/… List of English words containing Q not followed by U: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of… Why Does The Letter Q Almost Always Need The Letter U?: https://www.dictionary.com/e/q/ History of Q: https://www.britannica.com/topic/Q-le… Why Does Q … Continue reading

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