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 a panel of Brits on the meaning and origin of some borrowed words.
Have a look at our video below to see how they got on:
More English 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 in the comments below.