Off topic: 10 English words that are actually Dutch
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Balasubramaniam L.  Identity Verified
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Rice is a Tamil word Apr 12, 2016


English has plundered words left and right, from many languages.

Recently, I came to know, the word rice is actually a Tamil word (arishi in Tamil).

I was aware of loot, thug, jungle, and several other words that are of Indian origin, but rice was new to me.

[Edited at 2016-04-12 16:33 GMT]


Robert Rietvelt  Identity Verified
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There are many more Apr 13, 2016

Like school (from school), church (from kerk), town (from tuin), etc...

The story I know about the etymology of Yankees is more or less as descibed, but with this (small) difference that it is the English (American) pronunciation of the Dutch names Jan and Kees.

But the verb "busen"? Never heard of it.


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hmm Apr 13, 2016

Not nearly enough carrot in that coleslaw!

oh but of course it's all about the cabbage innit. authenticity and all that


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