Question about Devera

Wed Mar 5 08:01:48 PST 2003

>English has a long and twisted history which led to its current state. 
>First English, despite, everything, is still a Germanic lanquage, not a 
>Romance lanquage. Way back, Old English was very much a dialect of German 
>but it evolved and the French via William I got involved, piling on all 
>sorts of Frenchisms. Later, greek and latin words were piled on. Now we 
>have a mess but a wonderful mess. I mean, how many laquages made D'oh an 
>official word?

As long as we're on the subject, I thought I'd throw out a recommendation 
for a good book on the subject: _The Power of Babel_ by John McWhorter.


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