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The English language we use today originated in Leicester


Oo-yor fight-oh. Saxons and Vikings before they made peace.

You’ll soon cotton on to the fact that the Leicester dialect is unique with its clipped vowels and ‘ey up me ducks, ‘Les-tohs’ and ‘oo-yors’ - but we bet you never knew that our fine city is the birthplace of the English language we use today.

Experts believe that 1,000 years ago in Leicester – the heart of England - the warring Anglo Saxons and Vikings set aside their differences and the two communities started sharing their trades and languages and helped to shape modern standard English.

If it wasn't for this, we would probably still use an Anglo-Saxon style of language more similar to German.


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