Wikipedia is a siren that lures you deep into a maze of interesting articles and causes all productivity to drop to zero. It should be blocked by all self-respecting enterprises that want to get anything done. I happened to open it today after Stuart posted a link and ended up wandering to my favorite subject, Languages, and spending hours just reading all this stuff.
Now to bore you with my great interest in languages. I also love to study history and a recent historical movie prompted me to learn more about Persia and Persian. Here is one Wikipedia article about English words that were influenced or derived from Persian, some via Urdu:
Urdu borrows heavily from Persian so there is a lot of relation between these three languages. Here are some examples that I never even thought about until now, though the origin of some is questionable:
- Aubergine – “bengan” in Urdu
- Checkmate – from Persian “sh
Maybe “Tufan” is how 台風 (taifuu) got its trailing n?
I think “Satan” also comes from “Shaitan”. (I only remember this phonetically because a lady I worked with in a Persian rug store used to call me “Shaitan bezorg”…)
A quick Google brought me to this page:
Specifically this part about 2/3 way down the page:
“EDITOR’S NOTE: The word ‘Satan’ is derived from the Aramaic word sata which means slide, miss the mark, go astray.”
Since Arabic has Aramaic roots, “shaitan” should also be a derivative of “sata”.
Chess comes from ‘Shatranj’