Words From Foreign Languages

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Karaoke

Karaoke, the beloved/hated entertainment that involves non-professional singers performing without live bands, has a poetic-sounding origin: "empty orchestra." Karaoke became popular in Japan among businessmen in the late 1970s, and gained widespread popularity in the U.S. in the late 1980s.

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Kerfuffle

Kerfuffle means "disturbance or fuss," often describing a situation that's received more attention than it deserves.

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Chutzpah

Chutzpah comes from the Yiddish khutspe, meaning "impudence". In American English, chutzpah describes a particular kind of nerve, or gall. It refers to the supreme self-confidence that allows a person to do or say things that may seem shocking to others.

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Kowtow

To "kowtow" is to agree too easily or eagerly to do what someone else wants you to do, or to obey someone with power in a way that seems weak. It comes from the Chinese word and originally referred to kneeling and touching one's head to the ground as a salute or act of worship to a revered authority.

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Schadenfreude

The German Schaden means "damage"; Freude means "joy"; the English Schadenfreude means "enjoyment obtained from the troubles of others."

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Apparatchik

Apparatchik is generally used as a mild insult for a blindly devoted official, follower, or member of an organization, such as a corporation or political party.

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Boondocks

Boondocks (and boonies) both mean "a rural area," particularly one considered backward, dull, or unsophisticated.

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Ketchup

This all-American condiment started out as a spicy, fermented fish sauce in Malaysia. That version, known as kechap, made its way first to Europe and then to the New World, where tomatoes eventually became the defining ingredient.

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Hazard

Hazard dates to the time of the Crusaders and involves a game of chance. According to the most likely theory, the original hazard was a die. Players would roll the dice and bet on the outcome. In English, hazard eventually came to name any chance, risk, or source of danger.

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Words From Foreign Languages

Most used words taken from foreign languages.

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Words From Foreign Languages
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