Posts Tagged ‘romance’

Is English a romance language?

Tuesday, May 8th, 2012

Romance languages are the languages derived from Latin, such as French, Italian, Portuguese, and Spanish. The word romance has its origins in Latin. Romanici Loqui meant to speak in Roman, referring to the local dialect in Rome as opposed to the more formal dialect of Latin itself. Across Western Europe during medieval times, serious writing such as religious doctrine, scientific research, and nonfiction news accounts were usually written in Latin, while popular folklore was written in local dialects (vernacular). The folklore consisted of stories, plays, and writings that were often centered on love. Later, books of fiction came to be known as romance novels.

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Romantic communications

Monday, April 30th, 2012

Few people would call me romantic. But those few people who would—my spouse and a few close friends and family—know me intimately. Romance and intimate communications are best reserved for those people with whom you are close and intimate. There are precious few acquaintances with whom it makes sense to share such communications.

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