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  1. Steven Laffoley November 3, 2010 at 6:31 pm #

    Though I agree with many of your points, I still defend the idea of ‘preferring the Anglo-Saxon in writing.’ Anglo-Saxon (in its many variations) was the language of warriors and farmers. It was terse and direct. Middle and Modern English merely gave us the vocabulary of prevaricating politicians, lying lawyers, and Delphic doctors – nearly all of which is French and Latin in origin. And though it is true that “80 percent of our [present] vocabulary comes from ‘foreign’ sources,” it is also true that 80 percent of our thousand most commonly used words are Anglo-Saxon. As such, on the blank-page battlefield of word choice, we do well to look to our roots and choose those words from the warrior’s tongue – the Anglo-Saxon – to win the day.

  2. Thoughtful in London March 24, 2012 at 3:51 am #

    I was thinking that all three of “hog”, “wash”, and the combination, “hogwash”, are anglo-saxon. That’s not porcussopa or porcuslava, is it?

  3. Constance Hale April 20, 2012 at 3:24 pm #

    Hey, Thoughtful, thanks for the comment, which proves your name. 🙂

    Actually, I think you’re so close to right that I should change “hogwash” to “nonsense.” Indeed “hog” and “wash” are both Anglo-Saxon, but the compound, meaning “slops fed to pigs,” didn’t come about until much later–like the mid-15th century. Methinks the language was already called “English” then?

  4. Daz May 1, 2012 at 12:11 am #

    Most generalizations about writing are overgeneralizations, and some are outright absurd.

    But the suggestion to use Anglo-Saxon words has a grain of truth to it. More accurately, the overuse of latinate words gives writing a technical, repetitive sound.

    The true maxim should be to use interesting, colorful words, as long as that is consistent with the goal of the writing.

    And I think that, ultimately, that is what Ms. Hale concluded in her essay.

  5. Dave June 12, 2012 at 6:39 am #

    You make many good points. The mongrel origins of English have given us many small, stout words from various sources. My only quibbles (not Anglo-Saxon) with your piece are historical. The Celts were not the first people to arrive on Britain. The Celts or Celtic culture and language arrived after the island was already inhabited. The Scots and Picts were also Celts and spoke languages related to that of the Britons. When speaking of St. Augustine, it is good to be clear that you are referring to Augustine of Canterbury, who converted the Anglo-Saxons to christianity, not the more well-known Augustine of Hippo, the church father who preceded the Canterbury Augustine by at least 150 years.

  6. Constance Hale November 28, 2012 at 8:49 pm #

    Thanks for these excellent points, Dave. Because of them, I have been careful in talks about Vex, Hex, Smash, Smooch to note that there were inhabitants before the Celts in the British Isles. And what can you tell me about the Picts? Even after my research, they remained a bit mysterious to me.

    • Gabe Kennedy January 7, 2014 at 1:38 pm #

      Not much is known of the Picts, other than some history & that they are of Celtic stock. My theory is that they were a Brittonic people, as opposed to the Goidelic Celts of Ireland, of which they eventually intermixed with and adopted their language and became the Scots.

      My opinion of the matter at hand though, is that English isn’t deserving of the name ‘English’ anymore. When the Anglo-Saxon dialects came about; it was a rich, new language of almost completely Germanic basis, with shared grammatical features of Latin. After all, the Germanic tribes had been knocking heads with the Empire for some time at this point, but to say it was muddied up with Latin would be going a bit too far.

      I abhor modern-day English. It’s a horrible, dirty language and I don’t see how it ever became the lingua franca of modern times with such intricate and contradictory grammar. Seeing as only 20% of our wordbank is of Anglo origin, I’m going to stick with my opinion that it is not deserving of the title ‘English’, seeing as that word is derived from the name of the language the Angles spoke. I would even go so far as to not even include it among the Germanic languages.

  7. Constance Hale January 7, 2014 at 4:56 pm #

    Gabe, your opinion is shared by many, going back many centuries. Sir Walter Scott excoriates it in Ivanhoe, Dryden and Swift wrung their hands. Modern-day linguists might call it a “bastard tongue.” I find English endlessly fascinating, though, not dirty exactly, but certainly low to the ground at times. Thanks for posting!

  8. Dr. Jonathan Language October 19, 2014 at 9:44 am #

    You seemed to have missed the point. None of those guides are saying you must check the etymology for every word you are using, they are clearly saying prefer the short, simple words, which in English are often of Anglo-Saxon origin because the most common words stay in use the longest, over the elaborately complex.

    In other words, avoid using “big words” to make yourself sound smarter than you are but only coming across as a pompous, pretentious, mannered writer.

    For example, the writer writes: The dog barked at the moon.

    A poor writer thinks, “That is boring, uninteresting writing. Time to use the vocabulary!” and changes it to:

    The canine vocalized at the orbital companion.

    That is a disaster.

  9. Alexander the great December 13, 2014 at 4:49 pm #

    guys learn proper english in massive time ! whats wrong with yu maan ! just chillax… do you know whats chillax? chill and relax is chillax.

  10. Rick March 6, 2015 at 12:44 am #

    You have erred in your statement of where the word “SAXON” has come from.

    In reality the word SAXON is a perverse meaning to the true name which was designed to confuse the people now called SAXONS as to who they really are.

    God made a promise to Isaac that he and his seed shall be the chosen.In true Hebrew language they never pronounce the (I) in Isaac, so the true pronunciation was “SAAC”. It was customary in the time that when a father had a child he was to be given the fathers name with the word “SON added to it. Such as Saacs +Son or Saacson, Thus the birth of the tribe of the SAACSON’S was created from the GODLY tribe of ISAAC.

    The Saacson’s or “Sons of Isaac” where thus born, which is the true blessed tribe honored by GOD for GOD said that through his seed the world shall be numbered.

    The true historic word of these people called “Saacson’s ” was later perverted and changed by Jewish writers and Jewish bible interpreters and the Jewish controlled media to “SAXONS” so that the true tribe of GOD would never find out whom they really are concerning the true chosen of GOD This tribe became later known as the tribe of ISRAEL. Israel is a people and never a piece of land such as in the state of Israel and God know the Jews would steal that heritage from the chosen also and apply it to their terrorist land in order to fool the world into believing they are the chosen of GOD in heaven.

    So God had a plan. He told true Israel that He would leave their name “Israel” as a curse unto those Jews who stole their heritage and He would giver true Israel a new name ( not Israel), a new land ( not the middle east but America) and a new language ( no longer Hebrew but English).

    That new name change took place when true Israel ( from the tribe of Isaac) was chased into the Caucasus mountains and were mocked by their captors , being called CAUCASIANS because they lived on the steps of the Caucasus mountains until their escape on the other side of the mountain.

    There they left to Great Britain and the new United States, the new holy land and they devised a new language called today as English , just as God promised. The word Caucasian is older than the 1600 invented word of “JEW” and as old as the bible itself. It has stuck with the Saacson people from that time on . And as God promised they received a new name, anew holy land and a new language. The word Caucasian is one of the oldest words in history and used today by everyone and was used in the time of Jesus upon the earth. It is one of the longest lived names given to any tribe or race of people in all of history.

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  11. Nick December 9, 2015 at 12:31 am #

    Anglo-saxon and multiculturalism, a long story….

  12. Birkers December 31, 2015 at 6:13 am #

    This is a very interesting article I think we all have different ideas on what sounds good and what doesn’t. At the end of the day it is down to personal choice. I tend to use whatever word I think sounds best regardless of origin.

    I would point out that it is generally accepted that 80 % of core English (the 5000 words that we need to be fluent) comes from either Old English (what some people like to call Anglo-Saxon) or Old Norse. The vast majority of the rest of the wordstock (LOL) comes from Latin, French, Greek et al. In fact, it is now being recognised what a big influence the Vikings had on English. The loss of inflection/case endings is nowadays put down to the close contact between the Danes and the English. This process helped mutual understanding (The root words were the same) and had started in the North by about 875 AD and slowly worked its way southwards. Also look at the pronouns and the plural of the verb “to be”in English – pure Scandinavian. You make an excellent point about the Latin influence pre-invasion but there are very few Celtic loanwords in English. The French influence from the Normans is really interesting. Very few Danish words survived in Norman French, those that did were mainly of a nautical influence. Most of what the Normans brought was from Old French which was a mixture of Latin and Frankish. (Words that begin with “G” in French and a “W” in English are usually of a Frankish origin – Guard – Ward, Guerre – War etc.) I am sorry for rambling on a bit but I did a module on this at college. I am sure the story isn’t over yet.
    Finally, i would point out that English isn’t unique. Other languages have as many loanwords as English. Just read some Dutch.

    Rick – I can’t agree with a word you say.

    Gabe Kennedy _ I am sorry you think that the mother tongue of Shakespeare and Dickens is “a horrible dirty language”. Despite its irregular verbs, English doesn’t have case endings, gender and is the classic SVO (subject – verb – object) language. SVO languages are recognised as being easier to learn than others. This is why it is the Lingua Franca.

    • Heather T January 5, 2017 at 3:17 pm #

      I cannot think of any language that is not SVO besides Klingon.

  13. Connie Hale December 31, 2015 at 11:53 am #


    Thanks so much for adding (and so eruditely!) to this roiling conversation. I love the extra history you provided.



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