Once upon a time, a long time ago, I used to be an English teacher. Mostly high school.
Notice the sentence fragment? I left the profession before texting. Email was still a novel way to communicate. I'd hate to teach grammar now.
My students always loved etymology, probably because it hadn't been beat to death, like proper comma usage, symbolism, and six-trait writing.
Do they still teach six-trait writing? I digress...
Anyway, I'd point out that English is a Germanic language. But thanks to the Norman conquest in (anyone? anyone?) 1066, French had a huge influence on our language. And when faced with trying to use the best word, usually the words with French or Latin etymologies sound more sophisticated than those with Germanic roots. "He received a present" sounds more refined than "He got a present." The verb "receive" arrived into the English language from French. The word's earliest origins are found in Latin.
OK, now I'm really off topic!
As I originally said, everything sounds better in French. Like Bienvenue. (By the way, "welcome" originated from Old Norse).
I painted this welcome sign this weekend. It's origins was in cabinetry. It's a salvaged cabinet door. You know how much I love to repurpose!
My original plan was to turn it into another message board. In the end, I decided it was a little too small for a chalkboard. So I broke out the little paintbrushes. Yes, in the days of the Cricut, I handpainted the lettering.
I love the warmth glazing gives! Since it's French, I added a touch of fuss.
If you haven't read about it yet, be sure to check out my Spare a Square project for a great cause! Thanks!
I'm linkin' up...