It struck me while searching for the meaning of the word English: what could be the meaning of the word "English", and why is this language called "English"?
closed as general reference by Robusto, tchrist, Hugo, coleopterist, Roaring Fish Dec 12 '12 at 14:15
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Look here for some some outline information on the etymology of the word English.