Re: A weird answer (was: a weird question...)
|From:||Boudewijn Rempt <bsarempt@...>|
|Date:||Monday, September 20, 1999, 5:40|
On Sun, 19 Sep 1999, Thomas R. Wier wrote:
> alypius wrote:
> > Are you familiar with various Protestant sects that teach the docrine of
> > "British Israelism" or "Anglo-Israelism," the teaching that the Brits are
> > descendents of the 10 "lost" tribes of Israel? Among other evidence, they
> > claim that "Saxons" is derived from "[I]saac's sons" and that Brit-ish is
> > from a Hebrew phrase (b'rith + ish) meaning "covenant man." Anyone who has
> > a superficial acquaintance with linguistics, history, and anthropology
> > realizes this must be a coincidence, however surprising, but that still
> > leaves a large reservoir of potential converts.
> This reminds of the (in)famous phrase once used by some
> American pastor whose name escapes me at the moment in favor
> of English only legislation: "If English is good enough for Jesus,
> it's good enough for us.".
I've seen it (in one of the letters of Dorothy L. Sayers) attributed
to an English lady about Saint Paul... I think it would have been a
widespread sentiment in 19th century ;-).
Boudewijn Rempt | http://denden.conlang.org/~bsarempt