While you're picking up new words from our awesome app, has this thought ever crossed your mind?
"Where do these words come from?"
Well, as you may already know, there is a significant amount of loanwords in English from other languages, and, of course, vice versa. A loanword is a word borrowed from other languages, and like you might have noticed already, they might sound or look similar to their language of origin.
So, let's see if you can guess the origins of the words below (without Googling, that is ;)):
Before giving you the answer, I'd like to share an interesting article, where the words above are from, with a great graph that I came across on the Oxford Dictionaries' Blog. The graph in the article shows you how and which languages influence English at various periods of time, from 1150 AD till present!
At last, here's the answer:
- tsunami [Japanese]
- oxygen [French]
- guitar [Spanish]
- sky [Scandinavian]
Did you get all of them right? Do you know any other words or phrases in English borrowed from your mother tongue (or the other way around)? Share with us! :D