The Etymological History of Irregular Verbs

In a capricious episode of their incredibly informative whiteboard series for Mental Floss , linguist Arika Okrent and illustrator Sean O’Neill verbally and visually hark back to the rules of Old English grammar to explain how certain verbs came to have irregular conjugations, while others remained uniform to tradition.

If you take a look at the irregular verbs in English, they happen to be some of the ones we use the most. Because we used them so frequently, their forms were reinforced...


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