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Old 03-18-2008, 01:23 PM   #61
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Old 03-18-2008, 01:52 PM   #62
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This quote has also been mis-attributed to a number of other people, including Mark Twain. Can you find an original source for the quote?
For these kinds of questions try http://en.wikiquote.org/wiki/Main_Page

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Old 03-18-2008, 02:20 PM   #64
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That's moving in on a fairly definitive answer then.
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Old 03-18-2008, 04:21 PM   #65
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Old 03-18-2008, 05:08 PM   #66
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Dead? If you speak English, you use it every day!
Incorrect. English is a Germanic language at its base. There are some Latin influences, but it's mostly Germanic.

Most of the Latin influences come by way of French.
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Old 03-22-2008, 07:43 PM   #67
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English is the mentally-deficient offspring of cousins.

Yes, Old English (think: Beowulf) was Germanic. Germanic languages are one branch of the Indo-European family of languages. Another branch contains Latin and it's derivatives, including French. Germanic languages and Romance languages are thus cousins.

At the Norman Conquest of England in 1066, the Old English language was forcibly raped by it's aggressive cousin, and what we today call English is the awkward result of that unholy union.

Since the conquerors imposed their language, the Latinate terms came to be viewed as the "fancier" terms, while the Germanic terms came to be considered more "common". We still speak both languages, which is why we have cars and automobiles.

(Don't confuse this with the current attack on "reader" by "liseuse" - that's an Australian thing.)

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Old 03-22-2008, 11:40 PM   #68
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Both languages. I speak American, the only language this world needs. Sadly, seems like the good god-fearing language of Amurrica is besieged by threats coming from all four sides of our wonderful planet.

I thought guys named 'Norman' were mostly milquetoast bean-counters--how did they conquer an entire country?
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Old 03-22-2008, 11:57 PM   #69
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I say ebook. I don't like using a hyphen unless absolutely necessary. I don't like the eBook method because looks too much like eBay, like a web 2.0 way of spelling stuff.
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Old 04-03-2008, 09:37 PM   #70
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then again how about iEbook? Of course these would be the Apple versions of ebook.
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Old 04-04-2008, 08:00 AM   #71
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Old 04-04-2008, 08:12 AM   #72
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I thought guys named 'Norman' were mostly milquetoast bean-counters--how did they conquer an entire country?
The Norman Conquest was so-called because the invaders came from Normandy; not because it was an army of chaps all called Norman.
That would have been a logistical nightmare .
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Old 04-04-2008, 02:03 PM   #73
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The Norman Conquest was so-called because the invaders came from Normandy; not because it was an army of chaps all called Norman.
That would have been a logistical nightmare .
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ebook and pbook (thus capitalized ).
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Old 10-03-2008, 08:50 AM   #75
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Never one to miss a chance to waste my time and vote in useless polls I was drawn irresistibly to this thread and thought I'd contribute by seeing what Google says.
So I googled "ebook" and the entries it came up with in order were:
1. eBook
2. E-book
3. e-book
4. ebook
and then I saw the magic phrase "free ebooks" and got distracted, cos if they're free, I don't care how you spell it.

And I've just noticed that my Firefox spellchecker marks nos 2 and 3 above as correct, and 1 and 4 as wrong. So that probably does prove that William the Conqueror's real name was Norman. Though of course all his colleagues called him William the B**tard. Not a lot of people know that.
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