How well do you know the origins of English words?


Because of its peculiar history, English often has two words that mean the same thing: an earthier one from Anglo Saxon (e.g. brotherly) and a more elevated one from French (e.g. fraternal). Can you tell them apart?




Learn more about the English Language:

The History of English in Ten Minutes

The Evolution Of English

A Word About Our Words

Old Norse Influence in Modern English: The Effect of the Viking Invasion

The Influence of French and Other Languages on Chaucer’s English

The Importance of Being English: A Look at French and Latin Loanwords in English

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Sharan Newman