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French Loans in Chaucerís Canterbury Tales

 

Portrait of Chaucer from Thomas Hoccleve, who personally knew Chaucer, so it is probably an accurate depiction

The French loanwords are underlined:

When that Aprill with his shoures soote

The droghte of March hath perced to the roote,

And bathed every veyne in swich licour

Of which vertu engendred is the flour ...

Modern translation:  

When April with its sweet showers has pierced the drought of March to the root, and bathed every vein in such liquid from which strength the flower is engendered ...

 

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FRENCH VS. ENGLISH

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