Think about the difference between a house (Germanic) and a mansion (French), or between starting something and commencing, between calling something kingly or regal. English has a huge number of close synonyms, where the major difference is the level of formality or prestige. The prestigious form is almost always the Latin one.
The names of animals and meats also reflect this phenomenon. The old story goes that, in English, the animals have Germanic names but the cooked meats have French ones. For example, swine is Germanic but pork is French, sheep is Germanic but mutton is French. Was this because the English speakers worked on the farms whereas the French speakers ate the produce? It’s certainly possible.
I’ve been telling this story for years. See “chicken” vs “poultry” or “fowl”.
This, ladies and gentlemen, is known as a MARINE LAYER. See also: BULLSHIT.
JUST REVEALED - the official ALLEGIANT cover! Only 165 more days until ALLEGIANT hits stores! http://bit.ly/18w60ov
LOOK at it. Isn’t it gorgeous? Joel Tippie at HarperCollins is the creative force behind this cover, and he is so talented and always works so hard to get everything just right. (Also a shout out to Amy Ryan and Barb Fitzsimmons, also at Harper— you guys are awesome!) I have been so fortunate to get three covers that I love. I couldn’t be happier with this one and I can’t wait to see all three books lined up on my shelf!
A short note about that symbol: no, it is not a faction symbol. It is, however, a symbol that appears in the book. I can’t really share more than that— you’ll have to read it for yourself! (I can’t wait for that either!)
(Also, yes, that is O’Hare at the bottom. Can’t say more about that either! AHH!)
If you missed my Today show interview with Ryan Seacrest in which we reveal the cover for the first time, you can watch it here: http://www.today.com/video/today/51828575
Sunset over LA. Eclipse version.