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Vocabulary by Language

For each selected English word, name the language it came from.
Guess the most recent language
For example: If the word went from Latin to French to English, the answer is French
Some languages used more than once.
Last updated: August 04, 2015
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Word
Language
Bourgeois
French
Bravo
Italian
Ethos
Greek
Gesundheit
German
Futon
Japanese
Harem
Turkish
Apartheid
Afrikaans
Word
Language
Brogue
Irish
Census
Latin
Dollar
Dutch
Chutney
Hindi
Chutzpah
Yiddish
Corgi
Welsh
Poltergeist
German
Word
Language
Goulash
Hungarian
Junta
Spanish
Karma
Sanskrit
Orangutan 
Malay
Lychee
Chinese
Hashish
Arabic
Polka
Czech
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level 44
Mar 29, 2013
Could you please accept Indonesian for Orangutan? It also comes from that language according to Wikipedia. Thanks!
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level 44
May 18, 2014
I agree that Indonesian should be accepted. From a linguistic point of view, Indonesian and Malay are one entity, called differently only for political/prestigious reasons by the two states where it is an official language.
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level 71
Dec 6, 2014
Agreed - I was just going to post to ask the same thing!
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level ∞
Aug 4, 2015
Yes, that will work now.
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level 70
Apr 28, 2016
"Bahasa" would cover Malay and Indonesian.
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level 68
Mar 29, 2013
Got them all with 5 seconds left. Fun quiz.
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level 40
Mar 29, 2013
Lovin' this quiz! Another, similar one sometime would be great!
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level 59
Mar 29, 2013
Yes, please, another like this one! Etymology rules!
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level 32
Mar 29, 2013
irish is not a language the answer would be gaelic
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level 45
May 16, 2015
I put Erse, which a name for Irish gaelic; please accept.
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level 56
Mar 23, 2017
Irish is a language, and it is the English name for the Celtic language spoken in Ireland. A quick google will tell you that - check out Wikipedia, Encyclopedia Britannica or any dictionary website (or any paper dictionary).
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level 75
Mar 29, 2013
Fun quiz and not all that hard. Though getting 100% in the time allotted is a bit difficult.
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level 75
Feb 20, 2019
Did it easily this time. Don't know if the time limit was increased or my vocabulary has just gotten better.
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level 32
Mar 30, 2013
Nice for you, was hard for me.
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level 20
Mar 31, 2013
Interesting quiz.
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level 33
Oct 30, 2013
I tried arabic for harem and turkish for hashish...fml
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level 48
Jan 6, 2014
Duh! tried Hindi for Karma
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level 65
Mar 21, 2014
Harem is arabic, it means "forbidden", and is the opposite to "halal" (allowed, legal).
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level 65
Apr 12, 2014
i agree that harem is arabic in origin. also, i think dollar came from German - http://www.etymonline.com/index.php?term=dollar
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level ∞
Aug 4, 2015
German -> Dutch -> English. The quiz instructions say to name the most recent language.
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level 45
Oct 21, 2015
Disagree. I looked at three or four sources, and couldn't find any reference to the Dutch language (even the Flemish link was tenuous) in the etymology of the word. Especially since the US adoption of the word 'dollar' for their currency occurred because of its use by the Spanish to refer to certain coins. The word's evolution was joachimsthaler -> thaler -> taler/dollar. German is a correct answer, even with your rules.
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level 38
Mar 6, 2018
Same goes for Apartheid: Dutch - Afrikaans - English
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level 60
Nov 16, 2015
Dollar is one of those words where the direct origin is disputed.
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level 56
Nov 16, 2015
chutzpah is hebrew. and isn't apartheid dutch?
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level 75
Nov 16, 2015
Aramaic > Hebrew > Yiddish > American English

Dutch > Afrikaans > American English
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level 38
Oct 3, 2016
I always thought that Chutzpah was Yiddish; Maybe I'm wrong. But apartheid is definitely a DUTCH word. It may be identified with South Africa because it was the system of government there for a long time and Afrikaans is a dialect of Dutch, but the word itself is a Dutch word.
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level 75
Feb 20, 2019
But how did the word make its way into English?
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level 68
Nov 16, 2015
Hungarian = Magyar?
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level 70
Apr 28, 2016
Seconded. I tried that first and was briefly baffled before I thought to try Hungarian.
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level 60
Nov 16, 2015
"Karma" is derived from the Pali language. I recognize "Sanskrit" as the correct answer here but think it would make for a more challenging quiz had you substituted for Pali and the Pali equivalent of Karma.
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level 65
Nov 16, 2015
Please accept Flemish for dollar.
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level 45
Feb 20, 2019
Flemish is a Dutch dialect.
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level 44
Nov 16, 2015
I missed Greek and Latin... That was a dork move...
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level 61
Nov 19, 2015
If you are going to make the answers the most recent language by which these words came to English usage, then Polka should be either French or German, not Czech. Also, by this standard, dollar would be either German or Flemish, not Dutch.
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level ∞
Nov 20, 2015
https://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/dollar#Etymology
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level 27
Aug 10, 2016
Polka for Czech? Srsly? This is Polish word!
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level 75
Feb 20, 2019
Do you mean Polska? I actually thought Polka was Polish, too, and brought this up to my Polish friends who corrected me. Polka is Bohemian or Czech, not Polish.
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level 54
Dec 5, 2016
Challenging quiz, thanks
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level 43
Aug 30, 2017
I agree that it would be great to add "Bahasa" for Orangutan
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level 35
Jan 29, 2019
"Goulash" is not a Hungarian word. In Hungarian we use "gulyás". For some reason all foreigners call it goulash and the most popular English name for it became goulash.
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level 45
Feb 20, 2019
I have a very hard time figuring out which word is close to dollar and I'm Dutch...
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