English, the queen language that has been enjoying its royal status since last many centuries, was originally not considered a language of elites. In fact, even in England, Latin and French were more fashionable rather that the ‘poor vernacular English’. Latin was considered “the universal language” and English was known as the “vulgar tongue”. French was the courtly language. English was nowhere, rather a sign pf crudeness and illiteracy.
Then came Chaucer- the father of modern English poetry- in the beginning of 15th century. He was the man who imparted English language its present day charm and status. We may justly say that Chaucer found the English language brick and left it marble.
In the words of T.Singh, “He chose English which was a despised language, and as the legendary king did to the beggar maid, raised her from the dust, draped her in royal robes and conducted her coronation. That queen is ruling even now.”
Here are some interesting facts about this funny language:
1. Many words in English are copied from several different languages in the world including Latin, French, Sanskrit, Persian, etc.
2. One letter is accountable for multiple sounds, note: Put, But; Chemistry, Chess; class, cell; giving it an attribute of being a funny language.
3. ‘E’ is the most commonly used letter in English. In fact, one letter in every eight letters is ‘e’.
4. The longest English word without a real vowel is ‘rhythm’.
5. ‘Pangram’ is a sentence that uses every letter in the English language. Note the following ‘pangram’-
‘Quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog.’
6. The most difficult tongue twister in the English language is “sixth sick sheik’s sixth sheep’s sick”. Why not try it out among your friends and check who can speak without stammering?
7. Majority of English words start with the letter ‘S’.
Isn’t it so amazing? But, it’s an international language, so let’s learn it with lots of fun and enthusiasm.
(English faculty member
at Mukti Institute)