Pardon My French

The Norman conquest of England in 1066 ensured that French would profoundly influence the evolution of the English language. Nearly 30 percent of our vocabulary has been estimated to derive from French, including a host of true cognates — words with the same spelling and meaning
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A Restless Language

One of the delights – and occasional frustrations – of English is its protean quality, its limitless capacity to embrace and abandon words and usages. In 2011, an article in Science, “Quantitative Analysis of Culture Using Millions of Digitized Books” (courtesy of Google), estimated t
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