Monday, September 2, 2013

Fact of the Day: Angleterre

When William the Conqueror became King of England, an old dialect of French (Anglo-Norman) became the official language of the country for hundreds of years. William I was from Normandy (present-day France), and French was his main language. Because of William I, the Germanic English language's vocabulary received many borrowed words from French or Latin origin. 

25 comments:

Anonymous said...

Interesting how a language develops.

Rawknrobyn.blogspot.com said...

That's impressive, surprising too, that French was the official language in England for centuries. Who knew? Not I. Thanks for the info.

xoRobyn

Cloudia said...

One reason English is such a cool language!

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Sammie said...

Wow didn't know that :)

DWei said...

So many stolen words...

Bob Bushell said...

Excellent translation.

Erzsebeth said...

Interesting post :)

Erz

DEZMOND said...

the same situation as with Serbian and Turkish language....

Meitzeu said...

Somehow borrowing words into english, just made things easier. ;)

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Breathtaking said...

That is why it is such a rich lanuage!

jaybird said...

Cool!

Pilar Domínguez said...

Really very interesting!! Anglaterre ...anglo-land. Kisses:)

Holy Ghost Writer said...

Mash them together

Plowing Through Life (Martha) said...

It's very interesting how languages evolve over time.

Debra She Who Seeks said...

The English language became richer for it!

Fundy Blue said...

The above comments have said it all! I'm glad I'm a native English speaker and didn't have to learn it as a second language!

LV said...

I feel like I am back in school when I read your post. So informative. Love the tree scene.

bj said...

So interesting...
I love our English language and realize we use a lot of other country words..."biscuit"....I never knew until a few years ago that it was a French word. :))

Pat Hatt said...

So they kinda cheated

Mama Zen said...

I actually knew this one!

Aunt Mary said...

cool fact:)

Christine said...

interesting fact!

FilipBlog said...

In other words England was a colony of France.

Greetings,
Filip

Adam said...

not exactly, William was not a king of France, but rather a duke of Normandy. His biggest role of power was as king of england.

Theresa Mahoney said...

Very interesting. Makes me wonder how much more languages will develop and change over time.