I – Lazy ‘Ich’

I – Used by a speaker to refer to himself or herself.

‘I’ is such a common word, we use it all the time to refer to ourselves, but why ‘I’? The word is a shortening of a 12th Century word ‘Ic’ and came from the Proto-Germanic word ‘Ek’ – as did the modern German personal pronoun ‘Ich’. The c was dropped from ‘Ic’ in the 1400s, English had a lot more stress on vowel sounds then than it does today so ‘Ic’ would have sounded more like ‘Aye-k’ the word end started to be missed off (as is common) and by the 18th century the normal pronunciation was as it is today.


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