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Unformatted text preview: bulary and become an extremely powerful wordsmith. L E S S O N 26 words we’ve adopted
We don’t just borrow words; on occasion, English has pursued other languages down alleyways to beat them unconscious and rifle their pockets for new vocabulary.
BOOKER T. WASHINGTON (1856–1915) AMERICAN EDUCATOR This lesson focuses on words that originated in other languages but are now common in English. AS YOU LEARNED in Lesson 6, English is a relatively young language, and
has derived hundreds of thousands of words from older languages, principally Latin and Greek. (You may want to look back at that lesson for a quick review!) When words were borrowed from older languages and moved into English, they were anglicized—modiﬁed and adapted to English pronunciations and spellings. As a result, they aren’t immediately recognizable as borrowings to anyone but linguists (people who speak several languages ﬂuently); we think of the words as our own. There are also many, many words from other, older languages that moved directly into English. Sometimes the pronunciation...
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