Wednesday, December 07, 2005

English words you didn't know you knew (part 1)

Less than one week, and I'm already running out of things to write. So I've started looking in the dictionary to supply you with words that at first sight you would think are good anglo-saxon words but which are in reality French words, just changed a little to look like anglo-saxon ones.

For example, do you know what a curfew is? It's restriction that government puts on people being out of doors after a certain time at night, and normally happens only during war or times of civil unrest. That's right, curfew is my miserable attempt to pronounce the word couvre-feu in English. There are lots more: jewellery is joaillery, parly is parler, and meager is maigre. You'll get more of these in the days and weeks to come.

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