The world is Englishing

Damien Hall halldj at
Wed Apr 13 16:03:07 UTC 2005

This is an interesting piece and makes a valid point that scholars of French (at
least) have been making at least since René Etiemble's *Parlez-vous Franglais?*.
 I'll keep it just for the number of examples it collects together.

But, in his maybe-punning title, the author overlooks the fact that *english*
actually *is* a verb of English, or was, though it is 'obs' and 'rare':  the
*OED* says:


*english*, v.

1. a. trans. To translate into English (a book, passage, etc.); to give the
English equivalent for (a word or phrase).

    b. To render in English orthography. rare.

    2. To render into plain English; to describe in plain terms. Obs.

    3. To make English, to anglicize.    a. To adopt (a word) into the English
language; to give it an English character or form.    b. To subject to English


These meanings are not exactly the one that Moore gives the word, but still, you
get the point.  *Mis(-)english* also exists, with the reverse of the meanings

Damien Hall
University of Pennsylvania

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