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What is “Anglish”?

Anglish is among the labels I use for what’s, essentially, English but with the non homeborn components of its taken out. I likewise call it “pure English”, “True English”, and “Saxon English”. The good friend of mine, who internet moves by the title of “Thorn”(þ), calls it “Roots English”.

What is not “Anglish”?

I contrast “Anglish” with what I call “Modern Old English” (ModOE). ModOE is a type of “what if”, substitute timeline edition of English. The language which we can try to have got had the Norman Conquest not happened. This’s different to “Anglish” which seeks to create most effective use of the homeborn center of existing English, instead of winding again the clock and rewriting history.

A simple example: “Anglish” wouldn’t always insist on employing the homeborn letters ð and then þ for the audio in, respectively, this and point. Why don’t you? For starters, “th” is well-established and clear fairly. Second, “th” was also applied to the Old English time. HOWEVER, use of ð plus þ and more-or-less get settled and standard by the conclusion of the Anglo Saxon period. Moreover, these letters continue to be used in Icelandic. Consequently, in an alternate schedule wherein 1066 and all of that didn’t materialize (which is, in ModOE), we’d probably still employ these letters.

There’s obviously a continuum between Plain English at one end and Modern Old English at the other person. Anglish sits a place in the center, possibly nearer the Plain English end.

Germanic? Pure? Homeborn?

Essentially, English has borrowed a plenty of text from foreign languages, Latin, particularly French, and Greek. This took place generally after 1066 and most of that. That is precisely why English is very different to various other Germanic languages: the place that the Swedes claim befolkning, we claim “population”. When William had not taken over, we could say befolking (same as the Swedish, much less one “n”). So… let’s eliminate those overseas words!!! Let us make English unadulterated!



J. R. R. Tolkien – the godfather of inventing languages – known as Adolf Hitler a “ruddy small idiot”. Not merely due to the opinions of his on race, mind, but due to the manner in which he usurped Germanic folklore, history, language, and tradition, and therefore permanently tainted it with the specific brand of his of idiocy. I question the swastika will be rehabilitated. Perhaps now you arouse suspicion in case you’ve a concern in something vaguely Germanic – and whatever Germanic that is deemed socially acceptable, like Anglo Saxon knotwork, continues to be taken over and inaccurately rebranded as “celtic”. When you recommend “cleansing” English of international components, it obviously sets alarm bells ringing.

But there’s absolutely nothing racist, jingoistic, or perhaps “ruddy” about it.

For me personally, trying to concentrate on the Germanic components of the English language is: (one) A great language game; (two) a celebration of probably the deepest level of our abundant vocabulary; (three) an excericse helpful for building clarity of thought; (four) a workout in linguistic art.

Nothing racist, absolutely nothing bad.


Essentially, what I mean when I mention “Anglish” (or maybe “Saxon English”, so on) is this:

English, but together with the homeborn components – origins, grammar, spelling, along with rules of word formation – emphasised and re invigorated, the non homeborn components marginalised; at the top of its, a shot at finding the concealed correct English latent within the contemporary tongue.

Note this doesn’t mean making English hundred % pure. Additionally, it doesn’t entail making up a language. Lots of people enthusiastic about “Anglish” (or anything else you wish to call it) do precisely that, though not me; as much as I am concerned, Anglish – because you are able to see from the definition of mine above – not merely does not shun each borrowing, but it attempts to utilize extant Saxon English. It’s not really a “what when the Norman Conquest had not happened” speech, a language out of another reality; instead, it’s English, but boiled off, the Saxon salt created.