…behind the word

Origin of the word: ENGLISH

English /adjective or noun/ (English): before 900

> In another languages:

  • Inglés (Español)
  • Inglês (Português)
  • Englisch (Deutsch)
  • Anglais (Français)
  • Inglese (Italiano)

> From:

  • Old English Engle (pl.), Englisc (sing.): the Angles (one of the first tribes of Britain).
  • Lat. anglī: the Angles.

There are two hypothesis about the roots of this name (Angles). It probably comes from:

  • Lat. uncus and Grὄγκος (‘on·kos): hook, barb. Because: 1) the Angles used harpoons (barbed weapons) in battle; 2) the Jutland peninsula, the land where the tribe came from was shaped like a fishhook; or 3) they were mostly fishermen.
  • Another theory refers to the Nordic chronicles about the sons of King Humbli: Angul (who became father of the Angles) and Dan (the father of the Danes).

> Meaning:

  • Present: In or relating to the English language; relating to or from England (adjective); the language that is spoken in the UK, the US, and in many other countries; the people of England (noun) (Cambridge Dictionary). Of or relating to England or its people or language (adjective); the West Germanic language of England, now widely used in many varieties throughout the world; the people of England (noun) (Oxford Dictionary).
  • Original: The Angles and their language.

One response

  1. The word “England” comes precisely from Engle-Land: The land of the Angles.

    October 27, 2010 at 7:16 am

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