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    Okay, being an English Geek, I absolutely loved the brief discussion about it on the podcast. (Also another supporting reason why the “Trojan Refugee Theory” is total B.S. Where are the left over words in the old British, Welsh, and Scottish Languages?) Especially the brief allusion to the “If it's alive, it's English. If it's French, it's dead.” joke that some of us English/History buffs liked to tell each other. But it is true that you can tell what's going on with Britain and which ever culture they are dealing with based off the words that appear in the English language at the time. From French we get cooking words, Governmental words, and war words: Like venison, bureaucracy, chivalry. (To name a few.) These start making their appearances after William the Conqueror. Guess what he was up to.During the Roman Occupation, true you see the beginnings of words like "wall" and a lot of place names, but you primarily see a lot of religion terminology left over. This would be further strengthened as Latin would be the official language of the church and state throughout the middle ages. We see a lot of Old Norse words introduced around the time of Dane Law: Shirt, Husband/Wife, Skill and Window to name a few. As well as a good chunk of English Pronouns are Old Norse in origin. These folks weren't just raiding and leaving. These are the words are used in everyday life. These folks were coming to settle. We also see a lot of Greek added to English from science and philosophy. Why? Because the foundational texts of those studies were written in that language. Also, without going too far into Greek language structure, Greek lends itself very well to word creation which is very helpful when exploring new scientific concepts. You can literally stick prefixes and suffixes together to create a word to describe what you're talking about. Which shows the primary contact that the British Isles had with that culture.This is one of the reasons I love the English language, while spins can be put on texts based on their authors desires, the language itself doesn't lie. I think you would be hard pressed to find a language that road maps it's own history as much as English does.

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