Borrowed words and new words: ‘Brexit’.

The English language uses words which are borrowed  – or perhaps more accurately, imported – from other languages.

Think about the English definition of siesta – as in ‘to have a siesta‘.  Almost everyone knows this is a short afternoon sleep

As a second example, do you know not to make the almost classic mistake of talking about ‘our town party‘ instead of the correct ‘our local fiesta‘? 

Click on the words to see the English dictionary definition.   A new window will open.

As well as borrowing or importing words in English, we sometimes invent them too. The Collins Dictionary choice for Word of the Year 2016 was Brexit, a term that grew from nowhere to an established part of the language in a very short time.


The Collins list also included … uberization, from the name of the taxi firm Uber. It refers to the adoption of a business model in which services are offered on demand and directly between a customer and supplier, usually via mobile technology.

The last two paragraphs above are adapted from
(Copyright © Michael Quinion 1996-2016),  with thanks.

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