RE: Wanted: Opinions on a grammar book

Subject: RE: Wanted: Opinions on a grammar book
From: linda_sims -at- vanguard -dot- com
To: "Sarah Bouchier" <Sarah -dot- Bouchier -at- exony -dot- com>
Date: Tue, 28 Nov 2006 13:21:40 -0500

Sarah Bouchier wrote on 11/28/2006 01:11:31 PM:

> > how many more words do we commonly use in English that derive
> primarily
> > from German(ic) roots?
> One of the most often used words in our profession, 'help' for a start
> :)
> Others that we in particular see a lot of include:
> Back
> Begin
> End
> First
> Follow
> Help
> New
> Old
> Other
> See
> In fact, quite a lot of our most commonly-used words are of Germanic
> origin. It's rather interestingly the case that where there are
> Germanic-derived and Latinate-derived words that mean the same thing,
> using the Latinate version is seen as more 'educated'.
> Gosh, it's amazing what you can learn from Google :)

Check out _The Adventure of English: The Biography of a Language_, by
Melvyn Bragg, for an absolutely fascinating (even if poorly cited)
examination of how English developed and grew. The TV series was a lot of
fun. There's also _The Story of English_, by Robert McCrum, William Cran,
and Robert MacNeil, which doesn't have the British bias of the first.

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