Autor: Jimena González Sanz.
Hi everyone and welcome back to our English section. Hope all of you are ok and keep a high spirit these days. Today we are going to continue digging in the most fascinating facts about English language.
There are some interesting historical aspects about the English language you might or not know for example, did you know that due to the Norman conquest in 1066 the English language drastically changed? After the Normans (France) conquered England, they brought thousands of French words related to the church, court system and government, such as baron, noble, parliament, governor, banquet.
The language most closely related to English is Frisian, which is West Germanic spoken in parts of the Netherlands and Germany. When linguists talk about which languages are closely related, they are particularly talking about the origin of these languages, ignoring all the other influences they have suffered in the process. According to this standard, the relationship with Frisian (English and Scots) is closer than English
The origin of some English words like «moose», «opossum», «pecan», «raccoon», «skunk» and «squash» originated from the now extinct language of the Algonquian people. They lived in the earliest British colony that now is Roanoke Island in the United States.
But there are words mostly used
In English, «good thinking” has 380 synonyms as you can find in the thesaurus.
Apparently, there are 13 words (found in the Collins online dictionary) consisting entirely of vowels! These are: AA (a type of lava), AE(a digraph in Latin), AI (is an abbreviation for artificial intelligence, or , artificial insemination), , OI(In informal situations, people say or shout ‘oi’ to attract someone’s attention, especially if they are angry.), EAU (ABBREVIATION FOR Uganda ) , EUOUAE ((in medieval music) a mnemonic used to recall the sequence of tones in a particular passage of the Gloria Patri) , OE (symbol for oersted), OO(meaning ooh), I (personal pronoun), O (is used as an abbreviation for words beginning with o, such as ‘ old’ or ‘organization’.), A (determiner), IO (the innermost of the four Galilean satellites of Jupiter), and UOIAUAI (a language in Par´ State, Brazil), the last of these being the longest vowel-only word (seven letters).If you want to know more about it you can vist this webpage.
The word «Goodbye» comes from the word «Godbwye» and is an acronym for the phrase «God is with you.» Depending on the source, the contraction seems to first appeared between 1565 and 1575. The British writer and scholar Gabriel Harvey first recorded the use of «Godbwye» in a letter written in 1573. As time goes by, people think that the phrase is influenced by words such as «good morning» and «good night». Then transition from “god be with ye” to god-b wye to good-b wy and finally ending in today’s blessing of goodbye.
Well this is all this time although it is not goodbye! We hope you have enjoyed reading us next time we will offer you more interesting stories about English language one of the most interesting languages around the world