Robin Hood's Merry Men

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  • margaretclare
    margaretclare Posts: 10,789 Forumite
    'Peeps' short for 'people' has been around for a long time - can't remember who introduced it first.

    Yes, language does change, organically, it evolves. I remember my said English mistress inveighing against the use of double negatives as in 'I never got none'. Funnily enough, since I've been learning Old English (Anglo-Saxon) as spoken pre-Conquest, I've found out that the double negative IS used in OE and therefore our remote ancestors a thousand years ago would have understood this completely. 'Unpleasant men not be never happy' is one sentence I came across recently. Also there are verbs in the negative and that's where the expression 'willy-nilly' comes from. It was originally 'Will he, nill he' meaning will he or will he not.
    [FONT=Times New Roman, serif]Æ[/FONT]r ic wisdom funde, [FONT=Times New Roman, serif]æ[/FONT]r wear[FONT=Times New Roman, serif]ð[/FONT] ic eald.
    Before I found wisdom, I became old.
  • alfred64
    alfred64 Posts: 4,991 Forumite
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    'Peeps' short for 'people' has been around for a long time

    It's not much shorter than using the correct word, though.

    And what's all this to do with this board anyway?
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