English – The Guardian – Resistance to changes in grammar is futile, say researchers

Linguists say that random chance plays a bigger role than previously thought in the evolution of language – but also that ‘English is weird’   The manuscripts pictured show changes from Old English (Beowulf) through Middle English (Trinity Homilies, Chaucer) to Early Modern English (Shakespeare’s First Folio). Photograph: Mitchell Newberry When it comes to changes…

English – The Guardian – That time I made my mom guess the meaning of English expressions

After Uganda’s president said he and Queen Elizabeth were ‘friends with mutual benefits’, I was inspired to investigate some other confusing idioms   Where English comes from. Photograph: Mona Chalabi View more sharing options Shares 244 Comments 257 Mona Chalabi @MonaChalabi email Thursday 22 June 2017 12.00 BSTLast modified on Thursday 22 June 2017 15.10 BST Uganda’s…