Borrowed Words: The International Origin of Words Commonly Used in English

    Language is a fascinating reflection of society’s influences throughout history. While we deem the language we use in Britain ‘English’, many of the words and phrases we use every day actually originate from elsewhere in the world.

    With this in mind, we decided to quiz Brits on what language these commonly used words and phrases originate from.

    Have a look at our video below to see how they got on:

    More Borrowed Words

    Think you can do better than our video stars?

    Have a look at the words featured in our video plus more ‘borrowed words’ from around the world below and see how many you would have guessed right.

    Can you think of any other ‘borrowed words’? Let us know on Twitter or Facebook.