Borrowing the English language
The following article taken from the BBC News magazine this month demonstrates beautifully how language is a living, breathing thing. We have borrowed, adapted, soaked up and absorbed many thousands of words over centuries from other languages and countries. The English language as we now know it and speak it today is an amalgamation of these borrowed words and reflects the cultures and the peoples of these countries.
French, Latin, Celtic, German and even Scandinavian and Japanese are just some of the cultures that have contributed to the English language of today and from which we have taken some of our best-used words.
However, although we have been a long-time ‘borrower’ of words, now it seems, we are ‘lending’ more words that we take from other languages. Why not read the article to find out more about this interesting phenomenon…..