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  •  The word "métis" (2+ / 0-)
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    bythesea, Ojibwa

    is French, of course. And here's an interesting thing. In French, when the letter e (or some other vowels, too) is marked with an acute accent or a circumflex, quite often you can insert the letter s after the e to come close to the English word. So forêt is "forest" and hôpital is "hospital." École is "school" and étudier is "to study."

    Insert an s and you see that métis is obviously related to "mestizo."

    "One man's Mede is another man's Persian." - George S. Kaufman

    by Dbug on Mon Feb 14, 2011 at 12:18:59 AM PST

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