Friday, January 2, 2015

connaisseur/connoisseur: Common Errors in English Usage Entry for Friday, January 2, 2015

Some complain that English “connoisseur” is a misspelling of French connaisseur; but when we borrowed this word from the French in the 18th century, it was spelled connoisseur. Is it our fault the French later decided to shift the spelling of many OI words to the more phonetically accurate AI? Of those Francophone purists who insist we should follow their example I say, let ’em eat bifteck.

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