Thursday, February 7, 2013

Where English Comes From

Where English Come From

I found a good book in my school library. I forget the title of the book. if I'm not mistaken , it's called world encyclopedia. In this book, it's written about the origin of the English language, how English began, old English,etc.
"The English language has existed for hundreds of years. Many words came into English from various languages. For examples, St.Augustine and other Latin-speaking missionaries to England used such words as bishop and priest. Latin was the language f scholarship and religion. Whenever Latin scholars, missionaries, and government officials exerted important influence, Latin words became known. When the Scandinavians invaded and settled in Britain, some words beginning with sk- were adopted into English, For example, skill, skirt, and sky. The Scandinavians also contributed important pronouns such as their, them, and they. Words of French origin include army, blue, chair, dinner, government, jolly, mayor, paper, and towel. Balcony, piano, and pizza come from Italy; fiesta and siesta, from Spain; orchestra, from Greece; boomerang, from Australia; vodka, from Russia; and igloo, from the Eskimos.

English is always growing and changing. Words that you hear, speak, and read today were not part of the language your grandparents used. Look in a dictionary published at that time and you will not find such words as astronaut, culture, shock, miniskirt, rolamite, and microfiche. Every time new inventions, scientific discoveries, art forms, or fashions appear that do not have names to identify them, new words must be invented or old words given new applications, or taken from other languages.

When words are not used, they become obsolete. Obsolete words are included in the dictionary because they are part of our history and our culture. You will want to know what they mean when you read them n old books or hear tor-mobile  was a common form of transportation, people traveled in buggies drawn by horses. Now when you hear or see the word buggy you inclined to think of something old-fashioned or insect-ridden.

Many words have changed their meanings. For Example, sly and crafty, people were once described as "pretty" at one time, when people wanted to picture someone as stupid and ignorant they referred to that person as "nice" today, if someone told us we are "nice" and "pretty" we feel flattered, not insulted.

These are only a few of the ways in which language changes and grows. By knowing how words
become part of a language, you discover important clues to social, political, and cultural changes that take place in the history of a country using that language.
The story of how English originated is a fascinating one.

Source: Encyclopedia

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Mary Leakey, to-100

Whoever read this post, i really thank you. 

Mary Leakey.

Happy anniversary of Mary Leakey to-100!Mary Leakey was a British archaeologist and anthropologist. she discovered the first fossilized Proconsul. She also developed a system for classifying stone tool that found at Olduvai. she work with her husband, but her husband died and after his death, she become a leading palaeoanthropologist. Thanks to her, we can learn good things from her and her discovery.

She stops, pauses, turns to the left to glance at some possible threat or irregularity, and then continues to the north. This motion, so intensely human, transcends time. 
Read more at http://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/quotes/m/maryleakey323973.html#zs3RBQrFeUpFIFHb.99 

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