Does English still borrow words from other languages?
To borrow words vs. to lend words: do you know the difference?
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English language has words for centuries. But is it now more than it’s taking, asks Philip Durkin, chief editor of the Oxford English Dictionary.
English speakers may not be famous for being au fait with foreign languages, but all of us use words taken from other languages every day.
In that last sentence is an obvious example, but famous, foreign,languages, use, and taken are also borrowed words. Knowledge of what is being borrowed, and from where, provides an insight into the international relations of the English language.
to lend (v) to give someone something for a short time, expecting that they will give it back to you
deputy (n) a person appointed to act on behalf of or represent another
au fait (adj) /ˌəʊ ˈfeɪ/ informed of the most recent facts or information about something
invaluable (adj) extremely useful
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