Borrowed Words

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Can you name the language of origin for the following English loanwords?

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ExamplesLanguage of Origin
Sherpa, Yak, Yeti
Dyke, Jeer, Yacht
Avatar, Dharma, Nirvana
Bamboo, Junk, Paddy
Circus, Index, Quota
Crowd, Flannel, Penguin
Caviar, Tulip, Yoghurt
Coach, Hussar, Shako
Bludgeon, Gull, Puffin
Fjord, Lemming, Slalom
Balaclava, Borscht, Cossack
Breeze, Flamingo, Massage
Bagel, Klutz, Yenta
Howitzer, Polka, Robot
Futon, Ninja, Tycoon
Banshee, Galore, Shanty
Corduroy, Gourmet, Sabotage
Anchovy, Bizarre, Jingo
Commando, Trek, Wildebeest
Canoe, Hammock, Hurricane
Bazaar, Caravan, Shawl
Coral, Jubilee, Leviathan
Hula, Luau, Ukulele
Raccoon, Tomahawk, Wigwam
ExamplesLanguage of Origin
Assassin, Coffee, Zero
Igloo, Kayak, Mukluk
Horde, Mazurka, Pierogi
Boogie, Gorilla, Mojo
Blitz, Lager, Waltz
Cheetah, Jungle, Shampoo
Cash, Curry, Pariah
Guano, Llama, Puma
Bungalow, Dinghy, Tom-Tom
Boomerang, Dingo, Koala
Bravo, Maestro, Umbrella
Geyser, Narwhal, Saga
Boondocks, Cooties, Yo-Yo
Drip, Kidnap, Skulk
Haka, Kiwi, Moa
Clan, Glen, Plaid
Boulder, Smorgasbord, Wicker
Chopsuey, Gung Ho, Wok
Chili, Coyote, Tomato
Asbestos, Gymnasium, Tyrant
Bistro, Mammoth, Troika
Cashew, Piranha, Tapioca
Armada, Lagoon, Stampede
Ginseng, Kung Fu, Typhoon

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Created Oct 21, 2009ReportNominate
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