By Kate Burridge
English is the main inventive, changeable and innovative of languages. a few phrases are invented to satisfy transitority wishes and are quick discarded; others hold meanings 1000s of years previous. Language fascinates us, and we spend loads of time twiddling with it, concocting every little thing from puns, riddles and mystery languages to awesome prose and poetry. We additionally fear approximately it greatly, taking a look up and checking phrases in dictionaries and utilization publications, sometimes arguing approximately definitions. This booklet celebrates our capability to play with language, in addition to studying the methods we use it: in slang and jargon, swearing, conversing the unspeakable, or concealing disagreeable or inconvenient proof. it's a e-book for looking, for locating beguiling snippets approximately language, historical past and social customs, and for utilizing as an impressive weapon in observe video games.
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Extra info for Blooming English: Observations on the Roots, Cultivation and Hybrids of the English Language
Usually though, it's an extra 't' that gets added. The tongue rests against the bump behind your teeth before articulation is complete. This explains the 't' at the end of words like (a)midst and whilst. Changes like these are going on all the time in our speech. Usually they pass unnoticed. Sometimes they're noticed, then discarded. But sometimes they're noticed, appreciated, taken up by others - and are here to stay. Pig's arse! When people are asked to say what they regard as really bad grammar, many will give the example of double negation, as in I don't understand nothing.
In fact the group is becoming smaller. Phrases with more and most like more tasty and most tasty are pushing out forms like tastier and tastiest. Rather 36 Language Change Bought? Brought? Two verbs in Antipodean English are currently on a collision course. The verbs buy and bring are confusing their past tense forms. More and more the form bought is appearing as the past of bring. This can take place because the older past brought is already highly irregular and very distant from bring in the way it sounds.
Nasal sounds are just like oral sounds except that the nasal passage is left open; in other words, it's the nasal resonance that turns 'b' into 'm' and 'd' into 'n'. (You've all experienced those times of a cold or hay fever when the passage of air through the nose is impeded. All your nasals turn into oral sounds. ) 31 BLOOMING ENGLISH When we say the word mince, what happens is that our soft palate is lowered for the 'n' and air passes through the nose. Because the following 's' sound is oral not nasal, we need to raise the soft palate to stop the air escaping through the nose.
Blooming English: Observations on the Roots, Cultivation and Hybrids of the English Language by Kate Burridge