Pidgins and Creoles

Tweet When groups speaking different languages gathered to accomplish something (for example, trading in ports, or running a plantation when slave and owner speak different languages), they had to communicate.  Either they agreed to speak a common language (French, Russian, Chinese, Latin, English and many others have historically been that common language), or they scrambled […]

“Why do they use such big words?”

Tweet When faced with the word unapologetically, one student asked, “Why do they have to use such big words?  I suggested that it was not such a big word, and we took it apart. un = not the root = “apology” etical = a suffix which changes a noun to an adjective, a variation would […]