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What Is Anglish?

What Is Anglish?

The aim of Anglish is: English with many fewer words borrowed from other tongues. Because of the fundamental adjustments to our language, to say that English individuals at present speak Fashionable English is like saying that the French speak Latin. The fact is that we now speak a global language. The Anglish project is meant 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 individual to individual, but largely it is to discover and experiment with the English language. This exploration is pushed 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 role in our lives, so to be able to play with that language, and shape it to our own needs or desires could be very important. For this reason, writing or talking in true English is a positive end in itself, in as a lot as it provides an other outlet for this need.

However there is additionally the further idea that Anglish is a recognition and a celebration of the English part of contemporary English. For, although it has borrowed thousands and hundreds of words all through its life, there still exists a true English core to English, a very powerful everyday words which no sentence or uttering might manage without. By stripping away the layers of borrowings, Anglish lets us better appreciate that core and the position it plays in our language.

The very best way to search out out the place a word comes from is to look it up in a dictionary. Most respectable desktop dictionaries will embody brief etymologies for many of their entries, which give a little knowledge of where the word arose from, and the way it was used or written within the past. Some online dictionaries have this knowledge as well, such because 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 probably one of the best 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 really primary words, comparable to 'cup' and 'mill', are indeed borrowed from Latin, but nobody would say these words usually are not English. Conversely, words like 'thaumaturgy' and 'intelligentsia' are clearly not of English origin, and have been borrowed comparatively lately.

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

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

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

When a word is taken out from English, where do replacement words come from?
There are lots of roots for words to interchange those which have been removed from English. Typically, 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 should be discovered or made. Some old or obscure words can be introduced back to life and reused; new words will be calqued from English morphemes using the old word's sample; other occasions wholly new words, "neologisms," might be put collectively from present words and affixes. None of these methods are right or mistaken, but every has its stead in making a wide and different lexicon for Anglish, and every is used in response to the context and particular wants of a word.
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