Archive for January, 2018

Monday, January 22nd, 2018

“Old-Fashioned English”–You’re Doing It Wrong

Delane Just So, you want to use “old-fashioned” English in your fantasy or historical fiction novel? Or maybe you want to use it in your next Dungeons & Dragons campaign? Well, there is more to it than adding the letter E to everything, spelling everything wrong, and throwing in a few “thou”s and “huzzah”s every […]

Thursday, January 18th, 2018

The Rise of Middle English – with a little help from the French

April Anderson Following the Norman Conquest of 1066, the English language underwent a drastic change. It was at this time that the shift from Old English to Middle English began to occur. The Middle English period saw many new linguistic phenomena take hold around 1150, and continue to shape this new form of English until […]

Tuesday, January 16th, 2018

“What’s a skill?”: A Look at the Etymology of Skill

Sam  Campling Throughout my childhood, I was a competitive figure skater, and as with most other competitive athletes, I fought to be the winner at every competition. However, there was always someone who was better than me, hence why I am not presently a competitive skater. When someone beat me, I found myself wondering; are […]