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A Chinese Scene (Posted on 2015-04-17) Difficulty: 3 of 5

The mandarin's daughter, accompanied by her amah, rode in a palanquin borne by four sturdy coolies. The group travelled along the bank of a river, on which floated a number of Chinese junks, and through a bamboo grove, whose leaves rustled with the first stirrings of the coming monsoon. At last they approached the pagoda, its spire towering high above the surrounding banyan trees. Princess and maid completed their journey on foot, and made an offering of five taels of silver in a laquered vessel of indigo hue.

Seemingly, a typical Oriental scene; yet it does not contain any words of Chinese origin.

It does, however, contain a number of words borrowed into English from another foreign language.

What is the language, and what are the words?

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A little research shows 12 of the words come to the English language via Portuguese (and sometimes taking a side trip through Dutch or Spanish).  The Portuguese explorers were among the first Europeans to reach south and eastern Asia in the 15th & 16th century.  

Their Asian origins are all over the map (pun intended) some of them come from Arabic, Sanskrit, Persian, Malay and other coastal Asian languages.



  Posted by Jer on 2015-04-17 11:00:50
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