Borrowed Words – English Words With A Foreign Origin [Infographic}

Every language has its own set of borrowed words. Most of them can be traced to another language by the way they sound or the way they are spelled. But there are a few words that are a little bit harder to pin where they are from and those are the ones that we are going to take a closer look at in this article.

To help us get a better overview of the words that we are going to take a look at we have used a fresh infographic called “Borrowed Words – Phrases The English Language Borrowed From Around The World” presented by Skypark. It might now give you an in-depth explanation of every borrowed word out there, however, it is quite an intriguing infographic which could potentially turn your perception of the English language on its head.

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Examples Of Borrowed Words In The English Language

Take the phrase “Gung-Ho” for example. You might have thought this phrase, that in English means “to undertake something with a great deal of enthusiasm“, was just a combination of imaginary words that were uttered at some point in time and became a “thing” that people kept saying. If so, then I can tell you that this is definitely not the case. “Gung-Ho” originates from the Chinese language and means “to work together”.

As you can see, the English that you thought you knew all about, still has its secrets that will emerge if you take the time to dig deeper into the origins of the words you use on a daily basis.

There are, of course, a ton of words that are borrowed by The English language, as mentioned at the beginning of this article. I don’t know if there is a website that has them all (if you know of a website that does, please let us know in the comment section below), but words represented in the below infographic should still be an eye-opener and an incentive to perhaps look further into the exciting ways the English language has borrowed words from other languages.

The Evolution Of A Language

If we take a look at the beginnings of the English language, for example, Old English is a West Germanic language, developing out of Ingvaeonic (also known as North Sea Germanic) dialects from the 5th century (between 400-500 AD). It came to be spoken over most of the territory of the Anglo-Saxon kingdoms which became the Kingdom of England.

The English language is quite old and it’s understandable that words would be borrowed during its lifetime. Even today, words are borrowed from other languages and they are usually implemented by the English speaking youth who come up with new ways to bend the English language into a form that they can identify with.

This is not something bad, it’s the evolution of English language and it has always been that way. Every language is going through this metamorphosis and it’s never going to stop. It’s just how it is.

Have a look at the infographic below to check out more borrowed words that perhaps you didn’t even know where borrowed. If you know of more words, please leave a comment in the comment section below so that we can all expand our knowledge of the English language.

If you are interested in even more infographic-related articles and information from us here at Bit Rebels then we have a lot to choose from.

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