Cultures & traditions

British words that originated elsewhere

British words that originated elsewhere

The history of the English language is understandably a tad murky. With waves of immigration dating back to prehistory, it’s not surprising our wonderful language has taken a lot of influence from around the world. Here are some words that you probably use every day, without even thinking about how far they’ve travelled.

Pakistan and India’s Wagah border closing ceremony

Pakistan and India’s Wagah border closing ceremony

I don’t mind my neighbour. We don’t really talk or know each other’s names but we smile and say “Hello” when we pass each other outside. But as far as I know, neither of us have considered holding joint military ceremonies each evening for 45 minutes, where we both compete to show which one hates the other more with lots of marching and chanting.