Photographers speak in tongues

Started Mar 28, 2013 | Discussions thread
MisterBG
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Re: Photographers speak in tongues
In reply to nelsonal, Apr 3, 2013

nelsonal wrote:

phaedin wrote:

My Wife is a native Spanish speaker, and in the past has asked me questions about why some words dont "follow the rules" - sometimes I know why, often I dont.

The biggest reason for this is that English in all forms, is a combo of a Germanic language and French (thanks to William the Conqueror).  It wasn't until I read Ivanhoe as an adult that I realized that all our animal names (pig, deer, cow etc) are Anglo-Saxon words while the meat (pork, venison, beef) are from the French, because the conquered people raised the animals while the conquerors ate the meat.  Since then English has become very flexible about adding new words from just about every language its speakers encountered.

I think you'll find the Germanic for pig is schwein (Anglicised to swine).

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