15 Mar

Why is English so difficult – not only because it is English but it is not a pure language. Look at the tiny island known as Britain and go back a thousand years. They had the Celtic languages – Welsh and Scots; then came those wild looking Vikings from Norway, Sweden and Denmark. 

Those invaders brought words with strange sounds which have changed over time and merged with the words which they found. York for example, is a city in England which is famous for its Cathedral that is over a thousand years old. The name for York when the Vikings arrived was Eoforwic, the Anglo-Saxon name. The Vikings heard it as Jorvik (pronounced 'Yorvik'). Changing the Saxon f to a Viking V.   

The Vikings are still with us in the English language. Thor and his day became Thursday and Frigg Thors mother gave us Friday. 

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