What Is Anglish

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What is Anglish

Anglish is a kind of English which prefers native words over those borrowed from foreign languages. This is linguistic purism applied to English.

So, we say things like 'hearty' instead of 'cordial', and 'wordbook' instead of 'dictionary'. Read more about the History of Anglish here on the Wiki, or read more about the Norman overthrow of 1066 on Wikipedia.

Why We Do It

While there are many grounds for Anglish, English words grounded in Old English are often more friendly and meaningful to English-speakers. As Ernest Hemingway once wrote to William Faulkner:

“He thinks I don't know the ten-dollar words. I know them all right. But there are older and simpler and better words, and those are the ones I use.”

Read more about Anglish writers on Wikipedia.

How We Do It

1. Where there are native and borrowed words meaning the same thing, we choose our living inborn words. Such as: ‘inborn’ (an Old English build) rather than ‘native’ (a French word thrust into English through the Norman overlordship).

2. Where there is an inborn word whose meaning was narrowed or upset by a borrowed word (most often influenced by French, Latin, or Greek) we bring back the inborn word's older meaning. Such as: ‘deer’ to mean any kind of ‘animal’, one of many more French words thrust into English through the Norman overlordship.

3. Where the inborn word died out from being swapped with a borrowed word, we bring back the dead word, from Old or Middle English, in a New English shape. Such as: inborn ‘frith’ instead of French ‘peace’.

4. Where there is a outlandish coining for something latter-day and inborn (often Latin and Greek, for scientific, or ‘inkhorn words’), we look upon the Old English-sprung wordhoard (vocabulary) to craft new words. Such as: ‘wirespel’ rather than ‘telegram’, a coining by William Barnes; and we widen the meaning of a word like ‘mote’ to stand in for ‘particle’).

5. Where English and its forebears (Old and Middle English) has no word for something, such as a new and foreign concept, we can allow for the utilitarian borrowing, as expected of a natural language, and only nativise the spelling. Such as: ‘karma’, borrowed as is; and shifting the Norman-French spelling of a word like ‘sugar’ to ‘sucker’; a shape of the word English might have, were England not under Norman yoke when sugar first landed.

Further Goals

Spelling and grammar overhaul are among some of the further goals that are alongside but not needful to Anglish's main goal of wordhoard overhaul. Read more about Anglish Spelling. Further reading about other Anglish overhauls can be found on Wiki's Main Leaf.