Sunday, November 15, 2015

Like a dead bug on a windshield...

Like a dead bug on a windshield...  A delightful essay on the strangeness of English.  A teaser:
Old English had the crazy genders we would expect of a good European language – but the Scandies didn’t bother with those, and so now we have none. Chalk up one of English’s weirdnesses. What’s more, the Vikings mastered only that one shred of a once-lovely conjugation system: hence the lonely third‑person singular –s, hanging on like a dead bug on a windshield. Here and in other ways, they smoothed out the hard stuff.
Do go read the whole thing!

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