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English is essentially…

A bit of humor for your week: John Cowan has built a list of 1,000+ “Essentialist Explanations” on various languages. If you’re a language buff it’s worth checking out. Here are a few to get you started.

English is essentially a language that uses vowels no other language would accept.

-Luís Henrique

English is essentially bad Dutch with outrageously pronounced French and Latin vocabulary.

-Eugene Holman

English is what you get from Normans trying to pick up Saxon girls.

-Bryan Maloney

(via Kottke)

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