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February 2010

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Frog Wizard

Interesting comments. . .

This is a statement made by someone on a mailing list I follow a little while back. It's interesting, and wouldn't surprise me if it were true. Makes you think a little, too. ;-)
You two may find this interesting. A few weeks ago, I was talking to a friend of mine who is a history fanatic. We got on the subject of four-letter words, and he told me something interesting.

Way back in the days of the Normans and the Saxons, the Normans woke up one morning and decided that all Saxon words were bad, and were no longer allowed to be spoken. Thus, the Norman "fornicate" became the accepted version of the Saxon "fuck". The Norman "feces" superceeded the Saxon "shit", and so on.

So, if you really want to get hung up over language, I'd say... quit being Norman racists! and use whatever words you want :P

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Yes, more or less, this is what happened. French was used in goverment and by the elite--English was what the subjucated Britons spoke. The lanaguages merged eventually, of course, but it's a fact that the more educated you are, the more Latin-based words you use as opposed to Germanic-based words.

Thanks for the info. . .

Thanks for the confirmation.

It really is amusing how much associated baggage a word can pick up over history, especially when the words start out as equivilent terms from different language bases.

Makes me wonder what other common words we do, or don't, use for reasons like this.
wow, very cool.
Wow...I figured it was a joke or something.