2 Fév

Bonjour! I wanted to share one of many great posts by Jeparleamericain.com (just click on the link above to read the full post)… He explained how and why English contains so many French words so clearly and simply. Touché!

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Just the other day, I was watching my latest favorite television series, Downton Abbey, and I heard one of the characters use a French word I’d never heard used before in an English sentence: « She’s found her métier—farm laboring. » That struck me as the height of pretension, but then again, it is a show about English aristocrats during the First World War. In any case, métier means « profession, occupation, or trade. » I knew this word from my French classes, of course, but I never knew that we used it in English. I guess being a country boy from South Carolina, I wasn’t high-class enough to have trotted it out in my own conversations. It got me thinking, though, about how much French there actually is in English. As it turns out, between the recent imports and what we inherited from the Normans, there’s a lot more than…

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