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Someone or something that causes annoyance. Anglo-Norman “nussance”=injury < Latin “nocere”=to harm + “ance”=noun-forming suffix.


Word of Mouth

What’s the connection between William the Conqueror, Buffy the Vampire Slayer and lunch at the Ritz? BBC Radio 4’s language programme Word of Mouth today looked at some of the surprising effects of Anglo-Norman French on the English language, as Michael Rosen is joined by Laura Wright and Richard Ashdowne. 20 more words

Medieval World


Origin: Anglo-Norman

Meaning: originally a surname which comes from Middle English frankeleyn meaning “free man” from Old French fraunclein referring to someone who owned land but was not of noble birth. 11 more words


Bisclavret's Wife and the Fear of Abuse

Ever have that moment when you are teaching and all of a sudden you start to look at whatever it is you are teaching in a different way? 1,306 more words



Lacking in care or attention. Anglo-Norman “remis” < Latin “remissus”=slack, drooping < “remittere”=to overlook.



To abuse someone by touching in a sexual manner. Anglo-Norman “molester”=to annoy < Latin “molestus”=troublesome.


Latin Names in Yorkshire

There are many stereotypes of Yorkshire, with varying degrees of truthfulness, but I suspect that people rarely, if ever, associate Yorkshire with Latin. As a child, growing up in Yorkshire, however, I learned that there is a definite Latin influence in the county, at least as far as place names are concerned. 930 more words

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