history of the english language - word origins, how english was derived
William the Conqueror, the Duke of Normandy, invaded and conquered England and the Anglo-Saxons in 1066 AD. The new overlords spoke a dialect of Old French known as Anglo-Norman. The Normans were also from Germany and Anglo-Norman was a French dialect that had considerable Germanic influences in addition to the basic Latin roots.
The next wave of innovation in English came with the Renaissance. The revival of classical scholarship brought many classical Latin and Greek words into the language. Many people having difficulty understanding Shakespeare would be surprised to learn that he wrot…
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