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Linguists reveal the 100 words that have shaped the English language

Linguists reveal the 100 words that have shaped the English language
1 Roe The first word (5th c) 2 Lea Naming places (8th c) 3 And An early abbreviation (8th c) 4 Loaf An unexpected origin (9th c) 5 Out Changing grammar (9th c) 6 Street A Latin loan (9th c) 7 Mead A window into history (9th c) 8 Merry A dialect survivor (9th c) 9 Riddle Playing with language (10th c) 10 What An early exclamation (10th c) 11 Bone-house A word-painting (10th c) 12 Brock A Celtic arrival (10th c) 13 English The language named (10th c) 14 Bridegroom Popular etymology (11th c) 15 Arse An impolite word (11th c) 16 Swain A poetic expression (12th c) 17 Pork An elegant word (13th c) 18 Chattels A legal word (13th c) 19 Dame A form of address (13th c) 20 Skirt A word doublet (13th c) 21 Jail Or Gaol? 22 Take away A phrasal verb (13th c) 23 Cuckoo A sound-symbolic word (13th c) 24 C--- A taboo word (13th c) 25 Wicked A radical alteration (13th c) 26 Wee A Scottish contribution (14th c) 27 Grammar A surprising link (14th c) 28 Valentine First name into word (14th c) 29 Egg A dialect choice (14th c)

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