Which One Of These Words Was Stolen During Colonialism?
Some people call them "loanwords," but that implies being paid back one day.
At the end, we played a little game called "Did The English Steal This Word From Your People?", preceded by a rant about colonialism from yours truly, which you can listen to below.
During the many years of European colonialism in India, the Middle East, and Africa, many words transferred between cultures.
Most people only think of the English words that appeared in languages like Hindi, Urdu, and Arabic, but English took words from those languages as well. Can you guess which?
(All etymologies sourced from Merriam-Webster Dictionary. Also, I can't guarantee 100% of these words come directly from colonialism, but at the very least, it makes you think about the way English was influenced by other languages.)
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