Beefy Boxes and Bandwidth Generously Provided by pair Networks
Syntactic Confectionery Delight

Re^2: My favorite silent English letter is:

by DrHyde (Prior)
on Mar 01, 2012 at 11:30 UTC ( #957176=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??

in reply to Re: My favorite silent English letter is:
in thread My favorite silent English letter is:

How is hajj an English word? Same way that rendezvous and skiff and alcohol are.
  • Comment on Re^2: My favorite silent English letter is:

Replies are listed 'Best First'.
Re^3: My favorite silent English letter is:
by PhilHibbs (Hermit) on Mar 01, 2012 at 11:42 UTC
    I think most people would make a distinction between words that have been adopted into mainstream English usage, and foreign language words that we use because there isn't an English word. Hajj isn't a generic word that can be used for any other purpose. It has a specific meaning, and it is inappropriate - even offensive - to use it in any other context. I would never "go on a hajj to Bletchley Park", for instance, but I would "go on a pilgrimage" to it. So while technically it is "a word that is used in the English language", it's very much a borderline case. Although it's legal in Scrabble, so maybe I'm wrong.

Log In?

What's my password?
Create A New User
Node Status?
node history
Node Type: note [id://957176]
and the web crawler heard nothing...

How do I use this? | Other CB clients
Other Users?
Others cooling their heels in the Monastery: (13)
As of 2016-10-24 17:20 GMT
Find Nodes?
    Voting Booth?
    How many different varieties (color, size, etc) of socks do you have in your sock drawer?

    Results (309 votes). Check out past polls.