Monthly Archives: September 2016

The English Language

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English has a proud history. It has been around for more than 2000 years, and it has gone through so many transformations. The English which we speak nowadays is nothing like the more ancient forms of English which were spoken over the years. Modern English, which is used these days, is the descendent of earlier versions, known as Old English and Middle English. However, it is very much removed from them, really, and in some cases it has only little connection other than the Latin letters which it uses.

Those former languages are incredibly different versions of each other, but they retain the name of English, nevertheless. Pretty amazing really, considering that if a modern English speaker attempted to read almost anything in Old English or Middle English, they would not be able to. Perhaps a linguistics major would be able to decipher it, but certainly not your average Joe.7347812_orig

Over the centuries, the use of consonants and vowels has taken on different shapes. You could read so many words differently. Combine this with the fact that Old English itself is the result of several invasions conducted by outsiders against Britannia, and well – you got a big mess. For this reason, English had undergone major changes, such as the Great Vowel Shift of 1350 – 1600 CE, which took place in England, and completely transformed everything.

These shifts have positive and negative effects. On the one hand, they helped to standardize and unify the language, and on the other hand, it solidified certain English language traits and characteristics which are so ingrained in the language, that we have trouble with them even now, in these postmodern times. These traits have taken root, and they will not be removed easily. Language is always evolving, though, and it is a slow process This explains why there are so many anomalies, silent letters, superfluous letters, etc. in English. It is a tough language to learn, and maybe an even tougher one to read and write in. So many languages had contributed to English over the years, that making sense of it all is a difficult and rigorous task, indeed.

I wouldn’t bother trying to make sense of it, though. Just take things as they are. Maybe one day, a newer version of English will take the place of this one which we use, but until then, it is still an internationally-spoken language, and being skilled in it (speaking, reading, and writing) is a valuable asset.

The English language is one which many want to be skilled at, but with all of the various rules of grammar and syntax, it can be an almost impossible task. This may clarify why so many people are using writing-enhancement software, like Gramamrly or WhiteSmoke as reviewed on Edumuch. It is a difficult language to learn, and we all need any help we can get. Learning a language involves a lot of reading and writing, as well as conversing. Honestly? We don’t all have the time to invest in it. It is as simple as that. However, for those who do, they will find that knowing English and its intricacies is a rewarding thing.

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What Does It Mean To Live A More Natural Life?

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So, what does it mean to live a more natural life?

Ask any random person on the street, and they will tell you that one of the most important things in life, if not the most important thing, is health. As Count Rugen famously said in The Princess Bride: “If you haven’t got your health, you haven’t got anything.” Ask any random person on the street, and chances are they will all provide different answers as to what exactly constitutes healthy living, and how to achieve it. Different people have all kinds of opinions on natural, healthy living. This is my own.

In ancient times, there was a saying. One which continues to echo through the generations: “let thy food by thy medicine”. I could not agree more. But this post isn’t really about food. I am about to persuade you go on some crazy diet or to give up red meat. What I do want to do, is to ask you to stop for a moment and think about plants.

Plants have given us so much over time. The plant world has always been a tried and true source of shelter, food, clothing, life, and beauty. So, I would like to take that saying a step further, and say that you should let not only your food by your medicine, but all plant life. I am talking about living more naturally. That is what this post is about, and there is a way to achieve it.plant-based-benefits

I am not telling you to sell all of your possessions and move to a nearby forest. Don’t get me wrong – I am all for living naturally, and that would be pretty cool. But, what I am talking is modern natural living. There is a way to pull it off. It starts with yourself, your decisions, and your body. Or rather, the way you take care of your body.

It seems that people are caring less and less about what it is they are putting into their bodies. This is evident from the overwhelming amount of crap that is being produced, manufactured, distributed, and sold to millions every day. Again, I am not talking about food, although there is no denying that is a pretty big part of the whole thing.

I wouldn’t ask a random person to quit it all and go strictly vegetarian. But what about natural shampoo? Or conditioner? Or soap? Or moisturizer? Or deodorant? Which you can check out at Maple Holistics. This list goes on and on. Guess what are in most commercially available, widely-distributed cosmetics… normally, some natural elements, perhaps. And lots and lots of chemicals.

Now, I don’t care what the government says. I don’t care what the FDA approves or disapproves of, no matter how stringent their methods and regulations supposedly are. The mere fact that they allow companies to put all kinds of things in their products, and then just slap the word “fragrance” on the label – that alone is reason for major concern.

They have tons of people fooled, but not for long. People are looking for more natural ways to live. And they will find it, whether the big companies want it or not.

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