Saturday, June 16, 2007

A Brief History of the English Language: Part 3

Fast forward a couple hundred years to the Dark Ages. They were called the Dark Ages because with the fall of Rome, many advances such as medicine, engineering, and how to make togas were lost. It was not called the Dark Ages because the Sun was blotted out. Trust me.

The Dark Ages brought many new invaders to the British Isles, namely Germanic tribes like the Geats, Jutes, Angles, and Saxons. This is why the English are sometimes called the Anglo-Saxons (it also sounds better than the Jute-Geats). There were also the Vikings, who brought Football. They also brought their various German-esque languages, which mingled with the mix of Celtic and Latin which was already there.

So to recap so far: Celts + Roman Latin + lots of different flavors of German. English is already screwed up and we have not even gotten to the Normans yet.

Next: William the Conqueror


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