This blog is about the story of my family here in America. We arrived in the 1630s as Puritans, and became the common folk of the New World.

The changing English language - Y U No

My family has been speaking English for hundreds of years. But if I met one of my ancestors from hundreds of years ago, we would probably be barely able to understand each other, even though we both speak English. That's how much English changes over the years.

Part of the reason that the English language is so difficult to learn is that it is so fluid. There is no great organization somewhere that dictates *Thou shalt not speak this way!*, and so old words go away, new words appear, and in spite of the efforts of English teachers, spellings change. And it is influenced by foreign spelling and grammar.

The character pictured is a popular meme called the *Y U NO* guy. Of course he is saying *Why You No*, or more correctly, *Why don't you*. And this example shows how and why the English language changes. The grammar, of course, is more eastern than western, and the spelling is simplified. It sounds funny to us now, because we know the correct grammar and spelling. If and when it becomes part of the English language, it won't bother anyone anymore, except of course the old people who remember how the language used to be.

Languages are meant to help communication. If clunky spelling or grammar get in the way of communication, English speakers throw them out. That's what my people do!
English in the 1100s
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