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Blandine L
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4 years ago

I didn’t know at all the word “knight”. There is no link between this word and horse as there is one in French, so it wasn’t obvious to guess it.

This picture of the Queen is amazing! I don’t think she uses a sword or something like that often!

Is the word “cronies” a mix between “crone” and “crony”? Both of these words are not very pleasant or polite, I think, aren’t they?

Unfortunately, it is often like that in politics, whether it is a democracy or not…

Perversion of power?

P H
Reply to  Blandine L
4 years ago

But there is an connection between knights and horses! They rode and fought on horses. Also, I’ve just added an “English Gym” section to this post, so I suggest everybody have a look.

The word ‘cronies’ is the plural of ‘crony’. And yes, it has a negative connotation.

And finally about perversion of power (or more commonly ‘corruption’), as Lord Acton said:

“Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely. Great men are almost always bad men.”

Blandine L
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Reply to  P H
4 years ago

I used the word perversion because I wanted to think that perversion was the first step before corruption. I don’t know if I am clear but in my mind it is!?

I like this quote even if it isn’t a positive one, but certainly the truth.

Do we pronunce knight like night? I am quite sure that we don’t hear the “k”, do we?

P H
Reply to  Blandine L
4 years ago

We certainly do! “Knight’ and ‘night’ have the same pronunciation: /naɪt/

Blandine L
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4 years ago

And I have just remembered the title of one of Suzanne Vega’s songs, which is “Knight moves“.

Hassan S
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4 years ago

I think the word “knight” has a West Germanic root, so quite a different branch from French.

P H
Reply to  Hassan S
4 years ago

Yes, and the French word chevalier (which is incidentally the word used in Persian, too), is of Latin origin. And as Blandine has indicated, it has a direct connection with horses, as the French word for horse is ‘cheval’.

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