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All These Words Originated In Other Languages, Can You Tell Me Which Ones?

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All These Words Originated In Other Languages, Can You Tell Me Which Ones?

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Words are fun, entertaining, exciting, etc.

I think etymology – a word’s origin and how its meaning has changed over time – is fascinating. I spend a lot of time thinking about it. Like, a lot of time.

Can you figure out what languages these words originated in?

  1. Correct! 

    Wrong! 

    Robot comes from “robota,” which means “compulsory labor.” It is also akin to Old High German and Latin words.

  2. Correct! 

    Wrong! 

    Trek comes from Afrikaans, which in turn comes from the Dutch “trecken” (to pull, haul, migrate). It is also akin to the Old High German word “trechan” (to pull).

  3. Correct! 

    Wrong! 

    Cafeteria comes from “cafetería,” which means “coffeehouse.” Cafetería comes from “cafetera” (coffee maker), which in turn comes from the French “cafetière,” a word based on “café.”

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