I was once told that the English language is a lot like a Magpie. Since, the Magpie will eat any animal food it can find within it’s environment.We can probably relate it to the English language. How English is now seeded in many and most cultures, to so much of an extent that English is a common “second language” (or “lingua franca”). This can only be done by the English language loaning bits and pieces off other languages….
Of course, we all know this.
But how much foreign influence the English language had, was truly unknown to me until I researched the etymology of certain words. For example, Algebra always sounded odd. Where did it come from? Well, this is what I learnt this week. I’ve managed to compile all the foreign loan words into the English language in alphabetical order. Yes, i’m now an etymologist who’s made a mini dictionary. I hope you enjoy, because this took me ages.