[Ads-l] Wot th'--- ?

Jonathan Lighter wuxxmupp2000 at GMAIL.COM
Thu Sep 12 20:22:34 EDT 2019


2009 Jack Murnaghan _Beowulf on the Beach: What to Love...in Literature's
Greatest Hits_ (N. Y.: Three Rivers Press) 50:  Every great empire
mythologizes its own origins. ... The Brits would have us forget that
English takes its name from the Engles (a people more Scandinavian than
limey) and Britain from Breton (a region of France) and if not for a few
hundred years of French-speaking on their isle, they'd be cockneyizing a
Germanicized Icelandic.

It's hard to keep up with all the new discoveries.

JL

-- 
"If the truth is half as bad as I think it is, you can't handle the truth."

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