Ever wonder why we have so many French words in English?

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When we look at the English language we find many words that originate from other languages, however many words come from the French languages but how can that be?

When we look at the English language we find many words that originate from other languages, however many words come from the French languages but how can that be?

What most people do not know is when William the conqueror became the King of England in 1066, who was born in Normandy, the French language became the only language spoken in the English court and remained the language of the court for over 300 years. 

What is even more fascinating is that English was reduced to the language of the everyday people, seen as a language without prestige, the language of the poor. The language became more and more simplistic because of its use in society; the grammar of the old English was reduced to a more middle-English.

During 300 years more than 10 000 French words were implemented into the English language. Even certain structures such as the noun+ adjective have remained in the English language which derives from the French structure. 

It is interesting how much the French language has shaped and influenced many of the languages we find today.

Sources and Further Reading : http://french.about.com/od/vocabulary/a/frenchinenglish.htm