In the 1940s George Bernard Shaw
said 'England and America are two nations
divided by a common language'. Every time
I hear this quote I reacquaint myself
with that he missed;a much older, closer
and deeper division of country by language.
One that we enjoy avoiding. Bisected by history in 1453,
the English and the French continue to share
so much of each others language. But each divides,
one against the other by each country changing the meanings
of words they share, and adopting different grammar.