I love the study of History, of all kinds.
History of our people, nation, Muslims, Dynasties, Oh it is a long list. The best is yet to be is the History of words.
When I started my intensive and serious study as a student of Masters in English the first paper was the History of Literature. 'Anglo Saxon, Germanic, Viking, Gothic, all these were added to my still scanty repertoire of words.
The definition of Literature was' all that has ever been written in a given period, in a setting , in a culture, in an age...in different forms, in a language - Oh well, and so it was, till I read that how it was English literature!
English Literature in England but English Literature in Pakistan is a different story. The history of words explained the phenomenon of how words are formed, like two nations two people coming together, sharing views ideas and using language, mixing together sounds and over a period of time words coming in usage and revealing their meaning.
When I started working as Head of a local college I had to sign applications submitted by students.These applications were all in the English language. Of course spellings was one thing very striking -principle and Principal- there and their, being some of the common errors.
But one day the best word formation I wish to share was 'week and end' .
These two words started appearing together first week end' 'weekend'Then they became 'weak end', then weaknd'
and finally in one application I got 'weakened'
Madam please allow me to go for the weakened'. Word history change and error development was right on the paper in stark reality. This is the real second language in a non-native land.
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