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18-02-10, 12:13
Was the vacabulary of middle english that was used in england (from elevn century to 1475) derived mostly from Anglo-saxon or norman?

20-02-10, 17:46
Mostly Anglo-saxon. The Normans spoke french, but eventually english became the dominant language amoung the nobility. The rest of the country stuck with english. Even now abput 80% of words used in everyday english are of anglo-saxon derivation. English is still primarily a germanic based language although the dumb grammar rules we have are for latin hence the major problem people have learning english grammar. Thank you classically educated grammarians of the 17th/18th century:annoyed:

21-02-10, 10:21
So that's what it is
Thank you for the info