“Words, words, words, I’m so sick of words” sang Eliza Doolittle in My Fair Lady. Words, words, words – I just love words.
Yesterday’s The Writer’s Almanac celebrated the anniversary of the Norman Conquest in 1066, and cited many of the words we owe to the French. Now I know why we have cow/beef, calf/veal, and sheep/mutton. These three alone are a clue as to why English is not an easy language to learn. So many words, so little time.
On last year’s anniversary (I sometimes think this anniversary is a moveable feast) my blog celebrated the same, the 945th anniversary, with a blog on languages. To celebrate the day this year, why not check out Grammarphobia, a blog of “grammar, etymology, usage, and more” that is guaranteed to fascinate and enlighten anyone who loves words.