15 English Words You Wouldn't Believe Were of Arabic Origin

Flat White Coffee | © Russell James Smith
Flat White Coffee | © Russell James Smith
The Arabic language is poetic and beautiful, full of words that can’t even be translated into English without losing their meaning. However, there are certain words that not only can be easily translated, they actually gave origin to words in English which people use every single day. So next time you’re ordering your coffee or sitting on your sofa, remember where these words came from: Arabic!

Coffee

Written in Arabic as: قهوة

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Giraffe

Written in Arabic as: زرافة

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Algebra

Written in Arabic as: الجبر

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Sofa

Written in Arabic as: صفّة

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Sugar

Written in Arabic as: سكّر

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Cotton

Written in Arabic as: قطن

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Safari

Written in Arabic as: سفر

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Ghoul

Written in Arabic as: غول

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Candy

Written in Arabic as: قندي

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Alchemy

Written in Arabic as: الكيمياء

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Gazelle

Written in Arabic as: غزال

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Mattress

Written in Arabic as: مطرح

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Admiral

Written in Arabic as: أمير

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Tariff

Written in Arabic as: تعريف

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Alcohol

Written in Arabic as: الكحل

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