Vendredi de Vocabulaire: Borrowing from English

Languages exchange words all the time. English is full of words that come from other languages, especially French, but also Spanish (patio, canyon), Japanese (animé, haiku), Sanskrit (avatar, guru), and some African languages (gumbo). Usually there’s some change in the meaning of the word as it passes from one language to another.

These days, English and American culture is spreading globally, and English words are infiltrating other languages. Last November from Jennifer Wagner shared a link to a list of French words that seem to have come from English via her twitter account (@ielanguages). The way the meaning of these words has changed is rather amusing.

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