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From:Adrian Morgan <morg0072@...>
Date:Thursday, September 14, 2000, 23:52
Extract from an email conversation with a Dutch friend.

Any comments?

> > > > BTW where did you pick up the weird spelling of "picnic"? > > > > > > Thin air and the Dutch dictionary. Since it's spelled with ck in > > > Dutch, and that combination doesn't occur naturally in Dutch, I > > > assumed that we inherited that spelling from English. > > > > It probably was spelt that way a few centuries ago. > > According to the dictionary, no. Apparently it was spelled pique- > nique in French, has no etymology to speak of, and was adopted into > other languages at will. Amusingly enough, English got picnic (which > doesn't look too English), whereas Dutch and German got picknick > (which has an English feel in either language).
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