The earliest form of English is called Old English or Anglo-Saxon. The oldest word in the English language is ‘town,’ originating from old English and has kept the same definition. Evidence of the extent of the Anglo-Saxon settlements are found in the number of place names throughout England ending with “-ton” meaning enclosure or village (e.g., Taunton, Burton, Luton.)
It is estimated that about 85% of the 30,000 or so Anglo-Saxon words gradually died out under the cultural onslaught of the Vikings and the Normans who came after them. On the other hand, up to half of everyday modern English is typically made up of Old English words, and, by some estimates, ALL of the hundred most commonly used words in modern English are of Anglo-Saxon origin.
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