If you love words, watch the History of English

One reason I love writing is because I love playing with the language itself. I enjoy finding that perfect word, twisting it in a strange way, or otherwise crafting something original. English is amazingly maliable, and is constantly incorporating new words and evolving how old ones are used. It’s been like this throughout its history, with even the standardization of spelling being a fairly recent development.

If you share my interest in the wordification of English, I strongly encourage you to watch this great video series from the Open University on the History of English. There are ten videos, each over a minute long, spanning from the Anglo Saxon invasions through English’s evolution as a global language.

The first video is below, and the rest of the fabulous History of English series is on OU’s YouTube channel.


About Jeff Moriarty

A dabbler in many arts, from Ignite Phoenix to Improv, and from Information Security to Screenwriting. Jeff loves creating new things, and tries his hand at many forms of writing from screenplays to prose. He pontificates on his personal blog, and helps authors get their works online.


  1. Those were fantastic – thanks for sharing!

  2. Excellent find – thanks for sharing it. On a related note, have you read any of Bill Bryson’s books/travelogues including his thoughts on language development or Winchester’s “Meaning of Everything”? Decent books.

    • I’ve read A Short History Of Nearly Everything, but that’s the only thing of Bryson’s. I enjoyed it, so will have to check out his language works. Thank you!