This map, published by the Oxford English Dictionary’s website, shows how the English language has been formed from borrowed words throughout history. Despite its humble appearance, this application packs an effective punch. The time-lapse feature allows users to click on the points individually to learn more about each word. An animated bubble shows the rate of language change, while a graph tracks the “growth” of English into the modern language we know today. Overall this map presents a compelling “story” of the English language that still allows the user to explore on their own.
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