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 Post subject: French Taunter Question
 Post Posted: Wed Jun 03, 2009 12:30 am 
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Good evening all,

As ridiculous as it may sound I got into a heated debate about 1 line from The Holy Grail.

When the french taunter calls Arthur an "English Kinigit (sp?)" my friend goes into a lecture of how that is an actual insult in those time because the french could not say the word Knight, and how he's seen it on history documenteries.

And this was in a room full of people all of which just blankly looked at him and stood silent.

Could anyone confirm or deny this?


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 Post subject: Re: French Taunter Question
 Post Posted: Wed Jun 03, 2009 7:15 am 
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Um no idea? Don't know much about the french language during the dark ages? And have no idea of a direction I could point you to help/ deny your case???

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 Post subject: Re: French Taunter Question
 Post Posted: Wed Jun 03, 2009 8:03 am 
As far as I'm aware, your friend isn't correct.

The pronounciation of "knight" from the film has never been an insult in either french or english. I learned this whilst reading Chaucer's Canterbury Tales, and hearing my english teacher read The Knight's Tale aloud in the manner it was intended to be spoken. If you think about the way "knight" is spelt, and then speak each letter phonetically - like in the film (but without the French accent)
Kuh Nuh Ig Huh Tuh - that's the way it was pronounced in Chaucer's english.

"You silly english kn-ight"
I think the insulting part of that sentence was meant to be "silly". In the end, it's not complex.


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