English Language Day was celebrated on 13 October to commemorate the day when Parliament opened its first speech in English instead of French in 1362. This day also celebrates the universality of language and how it has evolved over the centuries. Scholars believe that there is no real language version because more than 7,000 English variants can be found in the world. English has also absorbed many words from other languages. In addition to speech, English has also become the main language of movies and TV shows, literature, and music.
Significance of English Language Day
English was first discovered in the origins of medieval England and named after Anglo. Then the Anglians were a West Germanic tribe, they found their way to England, and their name came from the Anglia peninsula extending to the Baltic Sea. Then it was argued that English is no longer its own language, but a mixture of every language it comes into contact with.
English has become a dominant language and a powerful tool for communication between different cultures and parts of the world. With the passage of time, the number of English language speakers has increased. However, English is also considered to be one of the most complex languages as a second language. Therefore, English Language Day is celebrated because of its history, future, and particularity.
History of English Language Day
English is a broad language. There are more than 250,000 words in the Oxford dictionary-minus a lot of technical, scientific, and slang words. English may be the only language. Many of its words have as many synonyms, mainly because of its huge absorptive capacity-borrowing words from as many languages as possible, including German, Greek, Portuguese, French, Latin, and even colonies where it became common. Years of colonialism meant that English now also has vocabulary from Asian, Caribbean, and African cultures. English has always been eager to adopt and adapt words and phrases from other languages. The willingness to adapt may be what makes English so different from other languages (such as French).
On October 13, 1362, the British Parliament opened for the first time in English instead of Latin or Norman French. This is why the English Project Charity promoted October 13th as English Language Day. Their goal is to celebrate English as a living, evolving language used by 2 billion people around the world as the first or second language. This year’s theme is Indian English, a rich and fast-developing English.
Some Reasons why English is Very Popular
- This is an international language.
- This is the language of academia.
- It gives you access to a wealth of online and print written media.
- It comes in handy when traveling.
- This is essential if you want to engage in international business or commercial work.
- This is the language of Hollywood.
Some Interesting Fact of English Language
• Any sentence that has all 26 letters of the alphabet is named as “pangram”.
• There is a sentence “The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog” and which contains all 26 letters of the alphabet.
• It is considered that “I am.” is the very smallest English sentence.
• Shakespeare included many English words and enriched English vocabulary.
• The first English dictionary was composed in 1755.
• It is noticeable that maximum English words begin with the letter “s”.
• The combination “ough” can be pronounced in 10 different ways.
• You can spell up to 1000 numbers without using the letter “a”.
Some Important Quotes on the Day
- English is flexible. You can jam it into a Cuisinart for an hour, remove it, and meaning will still emerge – Douglas Coupland
- Language is the road map of a culture. It tells you where its people come from and where they are going – Rita Mae Brown
- English is the language of a people who have probably earned their reputation for perfidy and hypocrisy because their language itself is so flexible – Paul Scott
- I admire people who dare to take the language, English and understand it and understand the melody – Maya Angelou
English is an enriched language. It has a long history. Many artistic literary works have been done in this language. Let celebrate the day in the proper way. You will be surprised to find that so many common English words actually originated in different languages. Try to recognize these words and learn more about their origins on English Language Day.
To know more about the English language you can visit Wikipedia.