Today’s English owes much to many of the world’s languages, from French and German to Chinese and Hindi. Our interactive map below is the first of an occasional series which will offer you a glimpse of the range of linguistic influences that English has absorbed.
Click on the map to see how English has been shaped by French, Spanish, Portuguese, and Flemish. Your armchair travels should give you some interesting discoveries: could you guess the origins of fluff, anchovy, vamoose, and baize?
Stationary or stationery? oxford.ly/1OGRoqh
What is the origin of the word ‘serendipity’? bit.ly/H6fAB9
Word of the Day: inculcate - instil (an idea or attitude) by persistent instruction...... oxford.ly/1DUJkPl
ICYMI: Word of the Day: emotive - arousing or able to arouse intense feeling bit.ly/1m1lWEQ