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Words on the Move

Why English Won't - and Can't - Sit Still (Like, Literally)

by John McWhorter

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Words on the Move
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Why English Won't - and Can't - Sit Still (Like, Literally)
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John McWhorter

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Explores how the English language has always been changing and evolving, and continuing to do so today, describing how the word "silly" once meant "blessed" and that the suffix -ly is actually a remnant of the word "like."

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