Re: How French Has Influenced English

Subject: Re: How French Has Influenced English
From: Janice Gelb <janice -dot- gelb -at- oracle -dot- com>
To: techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com
Date: Fri, 02 Jul 2010 07:14:39 +1000

On Jul 2, 2010 3:36AM, Jimmy Breck-McKye wrote:
>
> Contrary to popular imagination, Latin only bore an influence on English
> after the Normans invaded, as they principally used Latin in legal and
> administrative documents (that's why Latin forms the lexis of the
> educated and authoritative). Romans certainly traded with natives during
> their tenure, but the two languages rarely interacted. Old English
> remained exchangeable with Old Norse (well, for the most part) right up
> until 1066.
>

This reminds me of one of my favorite buttons:

"English is a language invented by Norman soldiers
to pick up Saxon barmaids"

-- Janice

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References:
How French Has Influenced English: From: Monique Semp
Re: How French Has Influenced English: From: Jimmy Breck-McKye

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