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What Is Anglish?

What Is Anglish?

The intention of Anglish is: English with many fewer words borrowed from different tongues. Because of the fundamental modifications to our language, to say that English folks at the moment speak Fashionable English is like saying that the French speak Latin. The actual fact is that we now speak a global language. The Anglish project is intended as a method of recovering the Englishness of English and of restoring ownership of the language to the English people.

The goal of the Anglish project differs from person to person, but mostly it is to explore and experiment with the English language. This exploration is driven for some by aesthetics, for the ethnic English by cultural wants, and yet for others it is only an interesting diversion or pastime. Language plays a big position in our lives, so to be able to play with that language, and form it to our own wants or needs is very important. For this reason, writing or talking in true English is a positive end in itself, in as much as it provides an other outlet for this need.

However there is additionally the additional concept that Anglish is a recognition and a celebration of the English part of contemporary English. For, although it has borrowed thousands and thousands of words all through its life, there still exists a true English core to English, crucial everyday words which no sentence or uttering may handle without. By stripping away the layers of borrowings, Anglish lets us better admire that core and the function it plays in our language.

The very best way to seek out out where a word comes from is to look it up in a dictionary. Most respectable desktop dictionaries will include quick etymologies for many of their entries, which give a little knowledge of the place the word arose from, and how it was used or written within the past. Some on-line dictionaries have this knowledge as well, such as the Oxford English Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, and Wiktionary. There are additionally dictionaries dedicated to word etymologies, which are a goldmine for knowledge about English words. The Online Etymology Dictionary is maybe the most effective available online.

However these will only tell from where and when a word got here into English, but not whether it must be thought 'borrowed'. Some immensely old and very primary words, equivalent to 'cup' and 'mill', are certainly borrowed from Latin, yet nobody would say these words aren't English. Conversely, words like 'thaumaturgy' and 'intelligentsia' are clearly not of English origin, and have been borrowed comparatively lately.

Where to draw the line between English and 'borrowed' is yet an different area of personal selecting, and there are numerous views on this among Anglish proponents. A really broad rule says that anything borrowed from French, Latin and Greek within the last eight hundred years needs to be thought borrowed. A more discerning view would say that any word which was introduced into English to fill a real want or hole in vocabulary must be kept, but these words borrowed to "adorn" or "enrich" the language but in reality push out existing words, should be weeded.

Are there actually that many borrowed words in English?
Yes. English is renowned for having borrowed so many words from different languages during the last thousand years. The core of English is Germanic, however only about 25% of the words in English as we speak derive from such a root, and that features those of Norse, Dutch, German and others, as well as English. That may sound like many, one in each four words, but not a lot when one thinks that Latin and French every account for 29% of the English vocabulary. Greek yields an other 6% of words, with the last 10% being from different languages, derived from personal names, or simply unknown.

Nonetheless, as mentioned earlier, the core of the English language still principally consists of English words, which makes an undertaking like Anglish possible.

When a word is taken out from English, the place do replacement words come from?
There are lots of roots for words to interchange these which have been removed from English. Sometimes, a word which is removed will have a commonly known English synonym already present. Words like 'quotidian' and 'illegal' can simply be switched for 'on a regular basis' and 'unlawful' without shedding that means or intelligibility. When there may be not a readily available English word for use, a new word must be found or made. Some old or obscure words might be introduced back to life and reused; new words may be calqued from English morphemes using the old word's sample; other instances wholly new words, "neologisms," may be put together from existing words and affixes. None of those strategies are right or improper, however every has its stead in making a wide and diverse lexicon for Anglish, and each is used in keeping with the context and particular needs of a word.
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