The Origins of the English Language

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[D]ifferent languages have influenced English throughout its history.

Compare, for instance, how the input from German has grown and then declined again from 1800 to the present day. The data lying behind this graphic reflects some of the biggest changes in the history of English.

Today, English borrows from other languages with a truly global sweep. For instance, borrowing from Japanese has shot up over the past hundred years. Words like judo, sushi, or tsunami have broken through into the vocabulary familiar to everyone.

If we look back to the 1800s, Latin, French, Greek, and German are much more dominant.

Check out the link for the interactable in-browser tool so you can see the evolution in motion.

Via io9.

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I design video games for a living, write fiction, political theory and poetry for personal amusement, and train regularly in Western European 16th century swordwork. On frequent occasion I have been known to hunt for and explore abandoned graveyards, train tunnels and other interesting places wherever I may find them, but there is absolutely no truth to the rumor that I am preparing to set off a zombie apocalypse. Nothing that will stand up in court, at least. I use paranthesis with distressing frequency, have a deep passion for history, anthropology and sociological theory, and really, really, really hate mayonnaise. But I wash my hands after the writing. Promise.

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