The origins of the English language

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  1. Armaegis

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    I am of the opinion that English isn't really its own language per se, but more of a bully that goes around beating up other languages and taking their lunch money vocabulary and syntax.
     
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    Thanks for that mental image, I'm never getting that out of my head now, am I? :confused:
     
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    Don't worry, the world gets its own back.

    India makes a major contribution. At the Chennai SBAF lunch meet profit rolls were among the sweets, and, only yesterday, for some medical tests, I had to go to the base ment.
     
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    Man, can’t we just delete this embarrassing thread (my embarrassment)?
     
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    @AllanMarcus Streisand Effect. Had someone else bumped this up I'd have commiserated, but the last reply was roughly a month ago.

    Also, I'm no cunning linguist, merely enjoy breaking words down and seeing how they fit into the overall scheme of things, but this thread was somewhat interesting; Googling prompted by talk of Teutonic tribes and the like on here made for an educational evening, I recall.

    Speaking of my above habit, I sometimes even stumble into words I didn't know were real, only that they sounded right, in my staring too long at the arbitrary arrangement of letterforms that make up the English lexicon. One such word would be "intuit", which I used in a letter to a pen pal and only weeks later remembered to check if it was an actual thing.

    Reason I bring that up is to illustrate how languages are fun to play with. Debating the origins thereof, not so fun since there are people everywhere who know way too much about this sorta junk and would happily toss a history book at your face for so much as misattributing which specific butchering of whatever common language those early Germanic tribes had led to modern-day English.
     
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    I saw this and thought "All she wants is a little cunning linguist."
     
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    That was precisely the reaction I was aiming for.

    In hindsight, a crude joke and was unnecessary in my reply, but it's 4AM and I'm just wondering what might have prompted Mr. Marcus to revive this thread, thought a bit of gutter humour would have helped alleviate the mood.
     
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    Please. Let’s not revive this thread. We all speak the same language here. Music. It’s universal. Can we focus on that? Everything else is minor really.
     
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    There had been a long and learned correspondence on the British Guardian newspaper's Letters page as to the etymology and correct plural form of the word clitoris. As with, eg, octopus, it is nowhere near as simple or obvious as it looks*.

    Its peak was a contribution from a reader who suggested that anyone who could get his tongue around the plural of clitoris was indeed a cunning linguist.

    Best letter to a newspaper ever.



    *Not that clitorides are often obvious by simply looking.
     
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    For the rest of us:



    Now stop being silly!

    P.S. If you prefer being a gorilla you can always get a banana.
     
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    ...All future generations will be speaking Emoji anyways.
     
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    Oh! That is making my mouth water. Genuine McVities, I'm sure: I can smell it!

    The tea, on the hand, looks disgusting. Even for English tea.

    Thanks for the Python sketch. Although I'm fairly sure that I saw all the original programmes, plus many, many repeats, I don't recall the chartered accountants and the gorilla!
     
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    Which word are we talking about here? The Word of God?
     
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    Old joke...

    Q. Why did the sun never set on the British Empire?

    A. Because God wouldn't trust the bloody British in the Dark.​
     
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    ...because not even God trusts a Brit in the dark.
     
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    Doctor Who reference or just a comment on the current world?
     
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