History is more than informative and educational; it can also be very interesting. Some readers won’t be shocked at this notion, but some will. This interesting information came from the Word Lady blog in her post, “Very cool: History of English in 2 minutes.”

Using animation and data from the Oxford English Dictionary, you can view the growth of the English language. Part of this exercise is learning how English has developed by borrowing or adapting words from different languages and regions of the world.

I admit I am a fan of the Word Lady, and it was especially interesting to learn how much of modern English was already established pre-1200, and equally interesting to see how many words did not endure to make it into modern English.

Melody K. Smith

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