Wednesday, September 19, 2007

The influence of Arabic words in English

Arabic sign
Originally uploaded by versso
From wikipedia:
In common with other European languages, many English words are derived from Arabic, often through other European languages, especially Spanish and Italian. Among them are commonly-used words like
"sugar" (sukkar),
"cotton" (quṭn) and
"magazine" (maḫāzin). English words more recognizably of Arabic origin include
"alkali" and
Some words in common use, such as "intention" and "information", were originally calques of Arabic philosophical terms.

"Al" means "the."

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