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    "Mint" and "Pint". Why don't they rhyme?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Metaphor View Post
    But they Ar-Kansas. Or are they saying that Kansas is not Kansas and they're the only Kansas that's viewable in the past tense?
    You mean... Were-Kansas? like Were-wolf?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Beefeater View Post
    It was originally pronounced our-kansas. But, then Kansas came along and the people of arkansas didn't care much for the people of kansas particularly their inability to saw wood very well. In fact the people of arkansas would often yell out "ours can saw" when they met someone from kansas. The kansas folks were a bit hard of hearing and thought that they were simply yelling out the name of their state... "ar-can-saw". This pronunciation became very popular particularly in arkansas where they were happy to be rid of a pronunciation similar to that of kansas and claim their ability to saw effectively... two birds with one stone.
    What an enlightening history lesson! Thanks.

    Although lately, this would be 5000 birds with one stone.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nebbykoo View Post
    You mean... Were-Kansas? like Were-wolf?
    Were-Kansaw! Were-Kanpaint too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Metaphor View Post
    Although lately, this would be 5000 birds with one stone.
    HA! Very true.
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    Quote Originally Posted by nebbykoo View Post
    From what I remember from days of yore, English is composed of approximately 75% Latin, 15% Greek, and the rest is from various others.
    English is a Germanic language, which is a branch of the Indoeuropean family of languages, also including the Romance (Latin-bases) languages

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    Historically, English originated from the fusion of languages and dialects, now collectively termed Old English, which were brought to the eastern coast of Great Britain by Germanic (Anglo-Saxon) settlers by the 5th century – with the word English being derived from the name of the Angles.[14] A significant number of English words are constructed based on roots from Latin, because Latin in some form was the lingua franca of the Christian Church and of European intellectual life.[15] The language was further influenced by the Old Norse language with Viking invasions in the 8th and 9th centuries.
    The Norman conquest of England in the 11th century gave rise to heavy borrowings from Norman-French, and vocabulary and spelling conventions began to give the superficial appearance of a close relationship with Romance languages[16][17] to what had now become Middle English. The Great Vowel Shift that began in the south of England in the 15th century is one of the historical events that mark the emergence of Modern English from Middle English.
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    A significant number of English words are constructed based on roots from Latin, because Latin in some form was the lingua franca of the Christian Church and of European intellectual life.
    Umm...might this have anything to do with the Roman invasion?

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    English is illogical because it borrows from so many languages, the pronunciation gets jumbled.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Aquarelle99 View Post
    But supposedly it's one of the hardest languages to learn, because of the irregularities, esp. in spelling.
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    English? Certainly not.
    Many linguists believe it is. One of the hardest.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Metaphor View Post
    Umm...might this have anything to do with the Roman invasion?
    That might have something to do with it....
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