Tuesday, March 13, 2018

How some English words originated

As Scott pointed out in Ivanhoe, the words for the common domestic animals - cow, calf, sheep, and pig - are Germanic, whereas the meat from those same animals - beef, veal, mutton, and pork - bears French names. The English tended the animals; but the choice roasts found their way to the high table of the [Norman] manor house.

(from A History of England and the British Empire)

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