There is a big difference between originating and developing. I have always said that English developed in Britain there can be no argument in that. The bone of contention of the word “originate” that both Charles and you have used.<quoted text>
I'm always interested in the etymology of words. English is a mongrel, as I've pointed out before. That doesn't detract from the language as we know it developing in England. Olde and middle English was not born in Poland, Ceylon and Venezuela - or even Germany.
At risk of making it a little less palatable to >you<, it did not arise in Bourgogne, Paradie and Aquitaine, either.
Some old English was a carry over from the Roman influence. Some Greek, Some Persian. Some originated in northern Europe, Denmark and Germany. You may wish to deny this but there is a considerable amount of academic documentation to validate it.
Then we had the Norman conquest, French to a man and approximately 4000 words of common English usage are French words, same spelling, same meaning, perhaps different pronunciation, a further 40,000 are based on French words with slightly altered spelling, a legacy of Norman times.
Just because you consider the Aquitaine to be distasteful is no reason to consider you less palatable. I really could not care less what you think of France. The fact remains that a considerable vocabulary of the English language is of French origin and has developed into the English language. Because I spend some time in France is nothing to do with the history of the English language and I really think you should be ashamed of yourself for even suggesting it
In more modern times there is a considerable influence of Arabic, Indian, Chinese words etc
This tells most people that the English language did not originate in the UK but is a collection of words that originated elsewhere. Those words have been integrated into a continuously developing language.
And it really does not matter what dreams Charles has, those dreams will not change facts.
Here is a brief history of the English language you may find of interest.
If you want links to academic papers then please ask, I have already supplied Charles with some over the last couple of years, he seems to ignore them, but I see no problem in supplying you with the same.
True I am arguing over the meaning of a single word, however if Charles considers racism the way to get his way then I am going to stick by the “documented” facts. That’s the person I am.