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Where did these English words come from?

While all languages borrow words from other languages, English is especially open to it, so that fully three-quarters of the words in the dictionary originated from foreign languages. Can you tell where the following words originated? For each word, choose the language you think it originated in. And don’t forget to boast about how well (or not ?) you did, in the comments!

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    Catastrophe

    • German
    • Hungarian
    • Albanian
    • Greek
  • Question of

    Bungalow

    • Hindi
    • Irish
    • Manx
    • Polish
  • Question of

    Baroque

    • Latin
    • Arabic
    • Portuguese
    • Greek
  • Question of

    Cider

    • Gothic
    • Algonquin
    • Native English
    • Hebrew
  • Question of

    Whiskey

    • Apache
    • Gaelic
    • French
    • Japanese
  • Question of

    Adobe

    • Hebrew
    • Phoenician
    • Arabic
    • Italian
  • Question of

    Toboggan

    • Algonquin
    • Finnish
    • Mongolian
    • Zulu
  • Question of

    Hooligan

    • Sanskrit
    • Icelandic
    • Irish
    • Portuguese
  • Question of

    Goulash

    • Latvian
    • Hungarian
    • Russian
    • Basque
  • Question of

    Ombudsman

    • Swedish
    • Latvian
    • Irish
    • Native English

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