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29 March 2012 @ 11:48 am
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Why is it comparison but comparatively?
 
 
redneckgaijinredneckgaijin on March 29th, 2012 07:51 pm (UTC)
The root word, of course, is compare.

The answer is actually, "Because it's FRENCH," Norman French to be specific, and before that Latin.

Comparison - from Latin "comparationem" to Old French "comparaison"
Comparative - comparativus

As English replaced French as the language of the English government, the third vowel sound shifted from long A to short I.

Source: Online Entymology Dictionary
Janet Miles, CAP-OMjanetmiles on March 29th, 2012 08:48 pm (UTC)
Cool! Thank you!
browngirl on March 30th, 2012 12:22 am (UTC)
Thank you for actually providing information!

*makes a note of your interesting answer*