> English is better understood with some knowledge of the languages from which it
> derives. I won't pretend to be able to speak, or even read, any of them, but I can
> generally tell what they are. See that "ua" in the middle of "languages?" That was
> picked up coming through French.
Oh sure, to some degree, though to write well, one doesn't need to have any etymological knowledge of the language in question. It's just a (possibly) fun bonus.
I tend to feel about that sort of thing how I feel about Culture (and particularly some non-US ones) : possibly, in some cases definitely, interesting and enlightening in parts, but mostly....like religion....restrictive. Perhaps also undesirably boisterous.
Consider it high comedy....sincere tragedy....whatever...don't take it personally.