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Re: [Mgs] Common Language

To: <>, "Bob Howard" <>
Subject: Re: [Mgs] Common Language
From: "Hans Duinhoven" <>
Date: Sat, 10 Jan 2009 09:39:55 +0100
Shall we start about US words being of true Dutch origin?
Harlem = Haarlem an ancient city in the netherlands 10 miles from the place 
i live.
Brooklyn = Breukelen - a little town 10 miles south of Amsterdam.



----- Original Message ----- 
From: "David Breneman" <>
To: "Bob Howard" <>
Cc: <>
Sent: Thursday, January 08, 2009 7:30 PM
Subject: Re: [Mgs] Common Language

> --- On Thu, 1/8/09, Bob Howard <> wrote:
>> Isn't   yacht   Dutch?
> Bad example.  The French word for yacht is also yacht.
> That's what you get for pulling examples off the top of
> your head in the middle of the night after a long drive
> home from work avoiding flooded out roads and drinking
> a couple of beers to soothe your nerves before you read
> your email.
>  :-)
> Still, the demarcation between "common" words of germanic
> origin and "noble" words of french origin in modern
> English is real. The division of Karl der Gro_e's Holy
> Roman Empire between his two sons set in motion the split
> of modern German and French from their original common root.
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