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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- Anonymous7 years agoBest Answer
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 77 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..
- 7 years ago
The Germans have some great words that we've borrowed:
- 鵲 MagpieLv 67 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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- Anonymous7 years ago
Naive because of the two cool dots above the i (yeah, your deja vu idea made me think of that).
- .Lv 77 years ago
- Carpe diem
- In vino veritas
needles to say I do - both :))
- Chus (pronounced as "juice"´= "bye"
From Greek (ancient)
- Heureka! (eureka)
- piano (as slow, quietly)
- Cara mia
- Yarmulke, yarmulka.
..and of course many mentioned above.
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- DavidLv 77 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
- Off My MedsLv 57 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...
- KathleenLv 44 years ago
Mine is the English alphabet.
- Anonymous7 years ago
Ersatz, and I know it isn't exactly a loanword,
but olifant is pretty darned cool.
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