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I'm sorry...

BE isn't totally french
Did I say totally French? Did I? I don't recall that.

The 'u' in words such as 'colour' and 'flavour' are borrowed from Old French, after the happy-go-lucky Norman Conquest...

Oh never mind, read under the etymology sections of both: http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/color;

and http://www.chambersharrap.co.uk/chamber ... title=21st.

Of course, also read here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/American_a ... ur.2C_-or;

and the third and fourth entries of this (in particular, but not limited to): http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/-or?r=75

They mention that the suffix -our derives from Old French (alternatively, Anglo-French/-Norman and Middle English*), which derived partially from the Latin -or (I used colour in my examples, but please, by all means, try out other -ours).

We were talking of the -our/-or suffix, that's what I was referring to.

*Bear in mind that Middle English was spoken from the Norman Conquest onwards, and ran simultaneously to Old French.

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