English language invasions history normans vikings england

English Is Not Normal

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Reading about English history and the various invasions that took place, I'm not surprised.

"English speakers know that their language is odd. So do people saddled with learning it non-natively. The oddity that we all perceive most readily is its spelling, which is indeed a nightmare. In countries where English isn’t spoken, there is no such thing as a ‘spelling bee’ competition. For a normal language, spelling at least pretends a basic correspondence to the way people pronounce the words. But English is not normal."

From Aeon

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