• Reading,  Studying

    English Is Weird

    by Okay, so that’s not really news to anyone, but if you study it in detail, you start to discover just how weird. To borrow a quote: “English is not a language, it’s three languages wearing a trench coat pretending to be one.” – Gugulethu Mhlungu According to articles and studies I’ve been reading lately, English pulls about 82% of its vocabulary and most of its structures from Latin, French, and earlier Germanic Languages (Old English, Old Norse, etc). The rest comes from Greek, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, Dutch, and a whole lot of things that are based on language of origin for trade goods (coffee comes from Arabic via Dutch,…

  • Writing

    Widow’s Peak(s)

    by So at this point I feel very comfortable with the English language. I can spell just about anything without relying on the word processor to do it for me. I know the difference between your and you’re, and can pick from there, their, and they’re as appropriate, along with lots of other homonyms. My grammar and vocabulary are both pretty solid, to the point where I can often even decide whether the writer (or perhaps the editor) of something started off in British, American, Canadian, or Australian English. I like English. It’s a crazy, fun, stupid language built on a foundation of borrowing whatever words it likes from anywhere…