Pardon My French by John Weeren

2020-03-19T14:06:12-04:00

Pardon My French by John Weeren The Norman conquest of England in 1066 ensured that French would profoundly influence the evolution of the English language. Nearly 30 percent of our vocabulary has been estimated to derive from French, including a host of true cognates -- words with the same spelling and meaning in both languages -- ranging from "question" and "danger" to "festival" and "date." In their delightful book, Say Chic: A Collection of French Words We Can't Live Without, Françoise Blanchard and Jeremy Leven assemble more than 70 words and phrases that have crossed the English Channel and Atlantic Ocean, [...]