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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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What are your thoughts on this subject?
448 Comments
Rebekah West
It would be helpful to have explanations. I have not hear of Fall being used outside of America... what are it's origins?
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Sep 19, 2020 5:33PM
teri siguenza
😁DrSekhar Iyer,
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Sep 17, 2020 4:24PM
John Mullin
tiffy, French automne
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Sep 16, 2020 4:22PM
John Mullin
The word is French,automne. Fall has been used in Britain since Anglo Saxon times
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Sep 16, 2020 4:21PM
Boyd Tracy
Interesting that Anglo Saxon is for the ,ost part the “coarser” of the the two words.
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Sep 15, 2020 5:25AM
BarbaRaven
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.
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Sep 14, 2020 11:00PM
deborahpmercer
Interesting quiz, slipped up on faith/belief, which there was no excuse for as "belief" is also Germanic and I speak German!
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Sep 14, 2020 3:57AM
Wendy Williams
I disagree with your answer to Q9 it has always been Autumn. Only the New World ie. Americans say Fall.
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Sep 13, 2020 9:46PM
Criona Walsh
12/20 question #9 is definitely Autumn not fall
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Sep 13, 2020 9:14PM
Dorothy Dagley
tiffy, I think if the words derived from french or latin they probably came from German or Saxon.
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Sep 13, 2020 7:23PM
Pat Wells
Not knowing the answers, I figured the most basic words were correct and that guess was correct in most instances. . .15/20.
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Sep 13, 2020 4:03PM
Carol Bruyere
18 / 20 - amazing result
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Sep 13, 2020 6:56AM
tiffy
Anglo Saxons don,t use the word Fall instead of Autumn!
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Sep 5, 2020 3:32AM
DrSekhar Iyer
16/20 not bad for a kannada medium Indian
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Sep 4, 2020 5:38AM
BONEDR50
85.0% correct.17/20....09/04/2020
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Sep 4, 2020 2:50AM

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