English language Category

07/12/2021

Middle English

In the period immediately following the Norman Conquest of 1066, there were three main languages spoken in…

24/11/2021

Food words

We mainly have the French to thank for many of our food words (like omelette and mustard),…

06/11/2021

Rudyard Kipling

Joseph Rudyard Kipling (1865-1936) was born in ‘British India’, a place he loved, settled awhile in the…

16/11/2020

Lord Byron

Lord Byron (George Gordon, 1788-1824) gave English literature the ‘Byronic hero’, seen in the novels of the…

24/09/2020

Tyndale’s New Testament

William Tyndale (c.1491-1536) from Gloucestershire was a martyr to the English language in his self-appointed though ultimately…

02/07/2020

William Blake, author of ‘Jerusalem’

In his time, William Blake (1757-1827) was viewed by some as a nutcase. It was not until…

29/05/2020

Garden-themed literature

Many of the common themes used in English fiction can be played out in a garden setting.…

03/05/2020

Old English

Old English (OE) was spoken from the 6th to the 11th centuries in England and southern Scotland.…

13/04/2020

It’s its

With the advent of social media it has become all too apparent that many people are unaware…

13/03/2020

T.S. Eliot

T.S. (Thomas Stearns) Eliot (1888-1965) is hailed as the 20th century’s most influential poet, recognised in the…

18/02/2020

Whatsits and thingies

With an estimated million or more words in the English language now, you would think that no-one…

24/01/2020

Before Old English

There were probably two related Indo-European tongues with Semitic layers in Britain before Old English. One was…