While cultural appropriation has become a faux pas these days, any linguist can deliver a lengthy spiel on the countless words and phrases English has borrowed from other languages. From Greek to Chinese to Yiddish, English has been a bit of a kleptomaniac over the centuries. And while Shakespeare is famous for spawning hundreds of new words, countless other English writers secured their celebrity by becoming word-borrowing aficionados. So before making a schmuck out of yourself by getting gung-ho on how amazing English is, check out Sky Park Secure’s list of famous words that English borrowed from someone else.
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