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All These Words Originated In Other Languages, Can You Tell Me Which Ones?

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Can you figure out what languages these words originated in?

  1. Ski

    Correct! 
    Wrong! 

    Old Norse

    Ski comes from Norwegian's ski, which comes from Old Norse's "skīth" (stick of wood). It is also akin to Old English words.

  2. Taboo

    Correct! 
    Wrong! 

    Tongan

    Taboo comes from "tabu."

  3. Joke

    Correct! 
    Wrong! 

    Latin

    Joke comes from "jocus." It is also possibly akin to Old High German and Sanskrit words.

  4. Robot

    Correct! 
    Wrong! 

    Czech

    Robot comes from "robota," which means "compulsory labor." It is also akin to Old High German and Latin words.

  5. Trek

    Correct! 
    Wrong! 

    Afrikaans

    Trek comes from Afrikaans, which in turn comes from the Dutch "trecken" (to pull, haul, migrate). It is also akin to the Old High German word "trechan" (to pull).

  6. Jungle

    Correct! 
    Wrong! 

    Sanskrit

    Jungle originated from Sanskrit's "jaṅgala," which, very interestingly, means "desert region."

  7. Tycoon

    Correct! 
    Wrong! 

    Japanese

    Tycoon comes from "taikun."

  8. Cafeteria

    Correct! 
    Wrong! 

    American Spanish

    Cafeteria comes from "cafetería," which means "coffeehouse." Cafetería comes from "cafetera" (coffee maker), which in turn comes from the French "cafetière," a word based on "café."

  9. Cookie

    Correct! 
    Wrong! 

    Dutch

    Cookie comes from "koekje," which is based on "koek" (cake).

  10. Ghoul

    Correct! 
    Wrong! 

    Arabic

    Ghoul comes from the Arabic "ghūl."

  11. Smithereens

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