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Which are your favorite loanwords / lexical borrowings in English?


Among some of my favorites are: juggernaut, déjà vu (mostly because of the cool diacritical marks ), tundra, .....




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  • Anonymous
    7 years ago
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    While I agree with so many of the suggestions others have made, I'm also a fan of some of the few words we took from Gaelic, darling... Irish-origin words like hooligan, smithereens, bog, shenanigans, galore, phoney, keening, slob, and gob (without which, gobsmacked would be impossible), or Scottish Gaelic words like bard, clan, glen, plaid, slogan, trousers, spunk, whisky, pet, and cairn, or Welsh words like flummery, lawn, crag, and flannel, or the Cornish-origin penguin or dolmen.

    We'd be much poorer without them.

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    Lv 7
    7 years ago

    Latin loanwords are pretty cool.

    Alter ego - other self

    Quid pro quo - something for something

    Mea culpa - my own fault

    Modus Operandi - method of operating

    If you want to make what you're saying

    seem a little more refined, throw in some Latin.

    And a few variations from Spanish:

    Vamoose - from vamos, let's go

    Savvy - from saber, to know

    Booby - from bobo, silly

    Tornado - from tornar, to turn

    What's the number one English loanword in German?

    Shitstorm - used in reference to the euro debt crisis..

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  • 7 years ago

    The Germans have some great words that we've borrowed:








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  • 7 years ago

    Gestalt is always cool to say,

    Sangfroid is likewise cool.

    Baksheesh is a useful one

    Poppycock is cute.

    Yiddish words rock in general, especially tucchus and putzim.

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  • Anonymous
    7 years ago

    Naive because of the two cool dots above the i (yeah, your deja vu idea made me think of that).

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    7 years ago

    From Latin

    - Carpe diem

    - In vino veritas

    needles to say I do - both :))

    From German

    - Gesundheit!

    - Chus (pronounced as "juice"´= "bye"

    - Ya

    From Greek (ancient)

    - Heureka! (eureka)

    From Italian

    - piano (as slow, quietly)

    - Cara mia

    From Yiddish

    - Yarmulke, yarmulka.

    - klutz

    ..and of course many mentioned above.


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  • David
    Lv 7
    7 years ago

    I'm partial to Japanese, French and Latin

    tsunami, typhoon, karaoke, nom de plume, en garde, a la mode, reductio ad absurdum, qed (quod erat demonstrandum), consortium, et cetera

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  • 7 years ago

    I like the Yiddish words.

    Putz, yutz, schmuck, shtick, tchatchke, plotz, kibbitz, shlep, chutzpah, shtup, etc.

    Oy vey, there are just so many...

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  • 4 years ago

    Mine is the English alphabet.

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  • Anonymous
    7 years ago

    Ersatz, and I know it isn't exactly a loanword,

    but olifant is pretty darned cool.

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