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Opinion / Religion - March 23, 2015

Bon Appetit
Submitted by Sharon Wagoner
The English language is like an ancient but vibrantly active city, such as London. In London, Roman remains and medieval buildings, such as the Tower of London, exist next to modern structures. English is the same. Language artifacts from 1,500 years ago are used daily along with the latest slang.
Did you know that we call deer meat venison and sheep meat mutton or calf meat veal because of the Norman Conquest of England by William the Conqueror in 1066?
The Normans came from Normandy, a region of France. They were descended from Vikings who had settle in France and taken on French customs, including the French language.
The conquered Anglo-Saxons of England generally filled such positions as herders and foresters. They referred to animals, deer, sheep, and calves, in their charge, in their German based language. When the Norman barons served the meat of the animals at their tables, they referred to the meats in their own language, French--saying mutton and venison, or veal for calf meat.

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