A long time ago, in college, I took a course on the History of the English Language. Of all the over priced textbooks I bought, that and my Riverside Shakespeare were the ones I still have, four moves and many states later. The history of language in general (I also read a biography of Yiddish, which was also really fascinating) is pretty amazing, and English is a weird language, too. It has among the largest lexicons of languages in use today (if not still the largest – it was the largest back in college, har har) and sound shifts have made is an inconsistently pronounced language, too. I always want to start comforting people who apologize for their English when they're still learning, because English is hard, yo.
So this video from Elizabeth S. was all of my catnip. You may have seen it, but if not, hope you enjoy:
I hope your weekend is linguistically awesome!