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Which language are these words from?

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Which language are these words from?

Post by EC » Sat Sep 18, 2004 9:53 pm

Can you tell me which language the following words come from?

These words, which are all widely used in English, originate from the following languages:

mattress, algebra Arabic
yoghurt [yogurt], tulip, jackal Turkish
bazaar, caravan, taffeta Persian
shampoo, dungarees, pyjamas [pajamas] Hindi
fjord, lemming, ski Norwegian
hamburger, snorkel, waltz German
kayak, igloo, anorak Eskimo
mosquito, siesta, lasso Spanish
ballerina, soprano, casino Italian
psychology, drama, synonym Latin/Greek
cuisine, boutique, chauffeur French

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