Odds and ends that don’t fit anywhere else, information, general knowledge, light-hearted quips and quotes from all over the place that make up the ‘rich tapestry of life’ for reading in those odd moments when you have nothing else to do! In the earlier Tapestry pages we had random quotes from all over the place. In these latter ones we have had a variety of quotes but they fit a given subject. This page’sa subject is how our words change and how we got out language. We hope you enjoy it.
Nearly all European languages, some languages spoken in the Middle East and northern India, and the ancient tongues of Greek, Latin and Sanskrit show a number of striking similarities which point to a common prehistoric source. This is assumed to be a language spoken thousands of years ago, possibly in central Europe, which is now referred to as Proto-Indo-European. Languages deriving from it belong to the Indo-European family. The term Indo-European describes the extent of the geographical distribution of the different languages.
The dispersal of the people who spoke Proto-Indo-European caused various linguistic branches to spring from the parent stock. One of these was Germanic. The original prehistoric tongue, now referred to as Proto-Germanic, eventually divided into North Germanic, East Germanic and West Germanic. Modern Scandinavian languages developed from North Germanic. English, along with Fresian, Flemish, German and Dutch, is of West Germanic origin.
(Source: Dictionary of Word Origins by Linda & Roger Flavell)