Tweet4 Share33 Share146 Pin +12 BufferShares 185 Print this Page 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. Tweet4 Share33 Share146 Pin +12 BufferShares 185 David Crotty @scholarlykitchn 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. View All Posts by David Crotty Discussion 1 Thought on "How Far Back in Time Could You Go and Still Understand English?" Liked. Shared. Thank you. By Name WithheldMar 25, 2016, 6:00 AM Comments are closed.