History of English (combined) (by OUlearn)
With greater interconnectedness and the availability of instant communication nearly world wide, do you think English will lose many words from here on out? I’m inclined to think the big changes from here on out are likely to be the result of (1) necessity (new science, medicine, tech, etc) and (2) vogue (thanks, French).
Robots Were Almost Called Labori
In early drafts of his play, Čapek named these creatures labori, after the Latinate root for labor, but worried that the term sounded too “bookish.” At the suggestion of his brother, Josef, Čapek ultimately opted for roboti, or in English, robots.
In Louisiana, the Historical Record Is a Wikipedia Printout
I cannot stop laughing enough to say something worthwhile about how bad this looks.
Mysterious Voynich manuscript dates back to early 15th century, researchers find
This story has been bandied about this week, but given that the new information which has come to light is the result of scientific study, I was waiting on Science Daily to cover it.
Watch 200 years of history in 4 minutes – Yahoo! News
If you like stats, graphs, history, social progress, or virtually anything about the last two centuries, this video is for you.
I would like to point out that his argument would have been strengthened by noting how these statistics have been altered to accept the inflation of the last 200 years.