What Is Anglish

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What is Anglish

Anglish seeks to rid English of the French and Latin words that came by way of the Norman Overthrow of 1066. So, we say things like "hearty" instead of "cordial", and "wordbook" instead of "dictionary". Read more about the History of Anglish here on The Anglish Wiki, or read more about the Norman overthrow of 1066 on Wikipedia.

Why We Do It

While there are many grounds for Anglish, English words grounded in Old English are often more friendly and meaningful to English-speakers. As Ernest Hemingway once wrote to William Faulkner, “He thinks I don't know the ten-dollar words. I know them all right. But there are older and simpler and better words, and those are the ones I use.” (Read more about Anglish writers on Wikipedia.)

How We Do It

1. Where there are native and borrowed words meaning the same thing, we choose our living inborn words ("inborn" rather than "native"; and "choose" rather than "decide").

2. Where there is a bygone inborn word whose meaning was narrowed or upset by a borrowed French, Latin, or Greek word, we bring back the inborn word's older meaning ("deer" to mean any kind of "animal").

3. Where the inborn word died out from being swapped out with a French, Latin, or Greek word, we bring back the dead word from Old or Middle English in a New English shape ("frith" rather than "peace").

4. Where English has a French, Latin or Greek word for a latter-day and inborn thing (often scientific, or inkhorn words), we look upon the Old English-sprung wordhoard (vocabulary) to craft new words (such as: "wirespel" rather than "telegram", a coining by William Barnes; and we widen the meaning of a word like "mote" to stand in for "particle"). However, as in many other natural tongues, words can still be borrowed for outlandish things (such as: nun, which was borrowed into Old English; ostrich, which was borrowed into all Germanic tongues in the time of Middle English; and the New English borrowing of karma).

Further Goals

Spelling and grammar overhaul are among some of the further goals that are alongside but not needful to Anglish's main goal of wordhoard overhaul. Links to many such writs can be found on The Anglish Wiki's Main Leaf.