The web is a great place to find free software, but it's also an incredible educational resource in its own right. My thanks yet again go to Lex Davidson for pointing me at a fascinating site which, in a series of 25 maps, explains the history of the English language that we are familiar with today. So if you've ever wondered why "steak" doesn't rhyme with "streak", for example, and whether it ever did in the past, this is the site for you.
You'll find everything you need at http://www.vox.com/2015/3/3/8053521/25-maps-that-explain-english and all you require is a web browser. And give yourself an extra pedantry point if you notice that the site mentions "pronounciation" when in fact there's no such word in the English language. At least not yet.
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