[lit-ideas] Re: [lit-ideas] un petit hommage à l'herbe

  • From: David Ritchie <profdritchie@xxxxxxxxx>
  • To: lit-ideas@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Mon, 20 Feb 2012 01:01:36 -0800

On Feb 19, 2012, at 8:48 PM, Robert Paul wrote:

> Why do Americans call herbs erbs?
I looked this up once.  What I remember is that the word, as we know, comes 
from the French and in the nineteenth century British folk added the "h," to 
establish that it was free from taint and Taine, as it were.  Thus the weirdo 
east coast pronunciation is in some ways "correct."

David Ritchie,
subject to correction

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