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Chris Palmer15 Nov 2013 6:38 a.m. PST

Very funny and enteraining video, compacting the history of the English language down to 11 minutes.

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GeoffQRF Inactive Member15 Nov 2013 7:02 a.m. PST

Very good, I enjoyed that

SECURITY MINISTER CRITTER Inactive Member15 Nov 2013 8:28 a.m. PST

Very nice!

zippyfusenet Inactive Member15 Nov 2013 9:23 a.m. PST

I've been looking for somewhere to post this:

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God save Kate Rusby and her sweet, melodious English.

Personal logo Parzival Supporting Member of TMP15 Nov 2013 10:52 a.m. PST

Very funny, Chris.

And an entertaining little song, zippy.

Personal logo 20thmaine Supporting Member of TMP15 Nov 2013 12:30 p.m. PST

Used to see Kate round the folk clubs – plays theatres now. Still good, but I have a soft spot for those "intimate venue" performances.

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zippyfusenet Inactive Member15 Nov 2013 2:10 p.m. PST

Thanks for that, 20th. Usually I'm very satisfied to live here on the back of Turtle Island, where the Miami rivers meet the Ohio. But once in a while I feel a stab of envy. Perhaps I'll get over there for a visit one day.

Personal logo Patrick R Supporting Member of TMP16 Nov 2013 12:09 p.m. PST

Shakespeare: Original pronunciation

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Streitax Inactive Member17 Nov 2013 11:23 a.m. PST

Excellent, Chris.

Personal logo Parzival Supporting Member of TMP18 Nov 2013 6:58 p.m. PST

@ Patrick R: Thanks! Great link, that one. But I know some English teachers who would be highly embarrassed to discover what Shakespeare was actually punning about in some of those lines. (Especially my high school freshman English teacher, who when reading Juliet's line: "Banished! O damnéd thought!" skipped "damnéd" and read it as "Banished! O … thought!" (Yes, she paused audibly at the word.)
And the kicker is, the class was reading along with her!
(Shakes head.)

Last Hussar28 Oct 2014 10:24 a.m. PST

Did she not wish to speak of count…ry matters?

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