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PostSubject: Some fun facts   Wed Dec 23, 2015 11:19 pm

Some fun facts:

Lots of words to do with the nose begin with the letter pattern 'sn'
- snout, sniff, snub, snot, snore, snort, snozzle, snooty, sneeze.

Plumber has a silent b in there because it comes from the Roman/ Latin word plumbum meaning lead piping used by plumbers.

knock, knee, knuckle, gnaw, gnat are all Viking (Old Norse) words, the 'k' and 'g' were pronounced but not now.

NO English words end in 'v' or 'u'.
There's always an 'e' on the end: give; have; love; eve; twelve; glue; rescue; blue; true.
But we have a few exceptions which are either abbreviations, slang, ancient words, or words borrowed from other languages.

For example:
- rev and flu are abbreviations - rev - revolution or reverend, flu - influenza.
- Menu - a borrowed word from French
- chav and spiv - slang
- 'you' is a very old Anglo-Saxon / Old English word.

NO English words end in 'j'.
The sound is made by -dge or -ge: bridge; badge; hedge; marriage; bandage; age.
But we have some foreign words like haj, raj

Let's look at why we have so many words that mean the same thing or slightly different.
English developed from the tribes that invaded us:
the Celts, Romans, Angles, Saxons, Jutes, Vikings and finally the French.
English developed from the Angles, Saxons and Vikings and was a phonetic language but then the French came along in 1066 and changed the spellings and introduced loads of new words.

There are many words the French gave us.
For example: the French gave us 'deceased' but in Anglo-Saxon English we had 'dead'

Look at these 'down-to-earth' Anglo-Saxon words compared to the formal French words.

French - Anglo-Saxon/Old English
deceased -- dead
obtain -- get
perspiration -- sweat
odour -- smell
desire -- want
conceal -- hide
infant -- child
commence - begin
question - ask
flame - fire
riches - wealth
royal - kingly

Writers like George Orwell were big fans of using Anglo-Saxon words in writing and not the 'big' overblown French ones.
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