Well, this is disappointing and certain to put a crimp in any weekend time travel plans. The short video below discusses the evolution of the English language, and how far back one could go and still understand what people are saying.

On a positive note, we can all add the terms “battyfang” and “barber-monger” to our vocabularies.

David Crotty

David Crotty

David Crotty is the Editorial Director, Journals Policy for Oxford University Press. He serves on the Board of Directors for the STM Association, the Society for Scholarly Publishing and CHOR, Inc. David received his PhD in Genetics from Columbia University and did developmental neuroscience research at Caltech before moving from the bench to publishing.

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