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List of English words of Turkic origin
1.       Roswitha
4132 posts
 03 Jul 2008 Thu 12:11 am

This is a list of words that have entered into the English language from the Turkic languages. Many of them came via traders and soldiers from and in the Ottoman Empire.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_English_words_of_Turkic_origin

2.       lady in red
6947 posts
 03 Jul 2008 Thu 12:34 am

Quoting Roswitha:

This is a list of words that have entered into the English language from the Turkic languages. Many of them came via traders and soldiers from and in the Ottoman Empire.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_English_words_of_Turkic_origin



Ros - did you actually READ this list - there is no way 95% of the words on that list have entered the English language - akbash, akce, altilik,bamia, bashaw, caiquejee, choga - the list goes on. In fact the only words I could see on skimming through - apart from obvious ones like 'baklava' (which has only entered the English language in the same way that 'petit four' has)and balalaika, are 'bosh', 'gilet', 'hun','kaftan', 'turquoise' and 'yoghurt'. And whoever made this list is really clutching at straws with 'vampire'! from French vampire or German Vampir, from Hungarian vámpír, from O.C.S. opiri (cf. Serb. vampir, Bulg. văpir, Ukr. uper, Pol. upior), said by Slavic linguist Franc MikloÅ¡ič to be ultimately from Kazan Tatar ubyr 'witch'. lol

Its no wonder Wikepedia prints disclaimers!!

3.       peacetrain
1905 posts
 03 Jul 2008 Thu 12:54 am

The one word on the list that filled me with dread was "balaclava". Children in the early 60s were made to wear these during winter. Or was it only my mother that did this to her child?

I think I am emotionally scarred because of it.

4.       lady in red
6947 posts
 03 Jul 2008 Thu 01:37 am

Quoting peacetrain:

The one word on the list that filled me with dread was "balaclava". Children in the early 60s were made to wear these during winter. Or was it only my mother that did this to her child?

I think I am emotionally scarred because of it.



Better than loving it so much you went on to become a bank robber lol

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