Originally Posted by bluez
English is essentially a "patois" of German.
Meaning it is a gramatically simplified version of German with many foreign (non german) words added from other languages.
English split off from German about 1300 years ago, if memory serves.
However since the big re-writes of US + UK encyclopedias during and just after WW1 in a deliberate and conscious effort to de germanize the history of "the english speaking peoples" this "little" fact has been lost to most english speakers.
"The English language was carefully, carefully cobbled together by 3 blind dudes and a German dictionary...it's the rock soup of languages" from Dave Kellett's 'Sheldon" webcomic (2/1/2009).
“Somebody has to speak for these people. Y'all got on this boat for different reasons, but y'all come to the same place. So now I'm asking more of you than I have before. Maybe all. Sure as I know anything, I know this—they will try again. Maybe on another world, maybe on this very ground swept clean. A year from now, ten? They'll swing back to the belief that they can make people...better. And I do not hold to that. So no more runnin'. I aim to misbehave.” Mal Reynolds Serenity/Firefly