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?
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It would be helpful to have explanations. I have not hear of Fall being used outside of America... what are it's origins?
Sep 19, 2020 5:33PM
Sep 17, 2020 4:24PM
tiffy, French automne
Sep 16, 2020 4:22PM
The word is French,automne. Fall has been used in Britain since Anglo Saxon times
Sep 16, 2020 4:21PM
Interesting that Anglo Saxon is for the ,ost part the “coarser” of the the two words.
Sep 15, 2020 5:25AM
Pat Wells, But Autumn is a French cognate, so by elimination Fall is the Anglo-saxon word. Remember that the question is to identify the Anglo-saxon word, not the word spoken by the British today. Anglo-saxon is a synonym for Old English, the language in which Beowulf was written.
Sep 14, 2020 11:00PM
Interesting quiz, slipped up on faith/belief, which there was no excuse for as "belief" is also Germanic and I speak German!
Sep 14, 2020 3:57AM
I disagree with your answer to Q9 it has always been Autumn. Only the New World ie. Americans say Fall.
Sep 13, 2020 9:46PM
12/20 question #9 is definitely Autumn not fall
Sep 13, 2020 9:14PM
tiffy, I think if the words derived from french or latin they probably came from German or Saxon.
Sep 13, 2020 7:23PM
Not knowing the answers, I figured the most basic words were correct and that guess was correct in most instances. . .15/20.
Sep 13, 2020 4:03PM
18 / 20 - amazing result
Sep 13, 2020 6:56AM
Anglo Saxons don,t use the word Fall instead of Autumn!
Sep 5, 2020 3:32AM
16/20 not bad for a kannada medium Indian
Sep 4, 2020 5:38AM
Sep 4, 2020 2:50AM