The three languages of medieval Britain were French, Latin and English (but not as we know it). The Black Death forced the decreased population to accommodate each other and one language began to emerge.
Previously we had had:
- Francophone aristos
- Latinist clerics
- Anglophone peasantry
Meek's point is that it is interesting how we still in fact use:
- Latin or Latin-derivations for intellectual analysis
- French for power, military and finance
- Anglo-Saxon (plus Norse) for everyday
He added that the 'new clerics' include, lawyers, writers, some artists, scientists, journalists, some comedians, politicians, some entrepreneurs and actual clerics.
To use a word from each set he concluded:
Rise up, rebel, revolt