English speakers are word thieves!
75% of English words were stolen from other languages!
25% come from the vikings
28% come from the Romans
28% come from the Normans (a.k.a. the French)
And the rest — from all over the world!
Thieves! Robbers! Vocaburay Criminals!
Here are some English words you told me come from your language.
From Serbian: vampire
From Czech: robot
From Hebrew: armagedon
From Italian: zucchini (American English) (Brits use the French word “courgette”)
From Greek: grammar (!)
From Urdu: jungle
From Hungarian: biro (UK English) (Americans say “pen” or “ballpoint pen”)
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Do you know a word that English stole from your language?
Click the big, blue button below and share it on the blog. And be sure to tell me 1) your native language, and 2) the word /s that Englishi stole.
And tomorrow I’ll share the story of the most infamous word theft in American history!