Borrowed English Words

Modern English is composed of a beautiful mess of sounds, words, and expressions from other languages. English, as a language, has a long history of word-borrowing. While borrowing, as a morphological process*, qualifies all languages, the English language has been particularly marked, influenced, and enriched by it.

In the field of linguistics, borrowed words are known as loanwords, describing a word that has been adopted from one language (the donor language) and assimilated into another language (the recipient language) with little to no modification.

It is estimated that English is made up of 80% of loanwords. As many as 350 distinct languages are represented in the English lexicon! Let’s take a look at a snippet.

Happy languaging!

*a process through which new words are added to a language

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