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?
Word of the Day: vigneron - a person who cultivates grapes for winemaking... oxford.ly/1xNnSv1
ICYMI: Word of the Day: frondeur - a political rebel oxford.ly/1F1dyPH
Where does the expression ‘to mind your Ps and Qs’ come from? bit.ly/wnHk1d
Word of the Day: frondeur - a political rebel... oxford.ly/1F1dyPH