The words of our language are derived from many different sources. Some words come from names of persons or places, some from the sounds of nature or the character of movements, some from the irregular combination of one word form with another, and so forth.
English is the most hospitable of languages to other languages. It admits word immigrants freely and warmly, no matter the origin of their native language.
English has adopted the largest number of words from the Anglo-Saxon
and the Latin
Words of Anglo-Saxon
origin are simple, short, direct, and vigorous. They are the names of the things about us; they connote the dearest sentiments and traditions of our race and history; they are the words of the heart.
Here are a few of the Anglo-Saxon words
that we use in our daily vocabulary:
After, be, bed, bid, board, body, borrow, box, break, bring, broad, business, buy, cat, cheap, clean, climb, clinch, cloth, dear, do, dog, draft, draw, earn, earth, father, fetch, fight, fireside, free, friend, full, get, give, gold, good, great, have, high, hire, hold, home, house, husband, idle, if, keep, knife, knit, lade, land, last, late, laugh, law, lay, lend, load, loan, long, look, low, mad, make, man, match, mate, might, mother, new, old, pride, put, read, rent, right, roof, sell, send, settle, sharp, shelter,
ship, shop, short, silver, take, trade, waist, walk, water, way, weight, wide, wife, woman, word, work, write.