John "The Gneech" Robey (the_gneech) wrote,
John "The Gneech" Robey

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Commence Chattiness

Chattiness the first: "Sherman's Lagoon" was very good yesterday.

Chattiness the second: today's Forgotten English!

Strange, foreign; acting like a stranger, keeping at a distance; having no relation or affinity. Quite fremd, nowise related; fremitnes, strangeness, distance of conduct. Frem-sted, left or deserted by one's friends.
--John Jamieson's Etymological Scottish Dictionary, 1808

Frim-folks, strangers, outlandish men; of Teutonic fremdes-folk, Saxon fremd, foreigners; Lincolnshire.
--Nathaniel Bailey's Etymological English Dictionary, 1749

Birthday of Sir John Cheke (1514-1557), eminent English scholar of Greek, who in the year of his death wrote xenophobically to a colleague about the variety of "impurities" he sensed were creeping into the English language via a continuing influx of immigrants: "I am of this opinion, that our tongue should be written clean and pure, unmixt and unmangled with borrowings of other tongues, wherein if we take not heed betimes, ever borrowing and never paying, she shall be fain to keep her house as bankrupt."

This is English you're talking about, Sir John? You know, the language that started as low German, got mixed up with various Anglo-, Saxon, Norse, and Gaelic influence, then was totally bent out of shape by the Norman conquest in 1066? That English?

Next you'll be complaining about Spaniards stealing the bagpipes from Scotland. ;P

Also, is it my imagination, or does "frem" sound like a made-up word from Battlestar Galactica? Or possibly Red Dwarf.

-The Gneech
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