The wonder of reading Dr Dawn Gould

Reading is a pleasure for many, many people. It can help to educate, advise, nurture and even amuse human beings but before this happens one has to learn and understand the words being read, perhaps also their origins. The English language certainly has the ability to arouse curiosity as to where certain  words, either written or in daily speech, were borrowed.

Think of only a small number that one finds: algebra, a branch of mathematics has its origin in Arabia as does the citrus fruit a lemon;    café, cliché, ballet, déjà vu – definitely from the French language;    Italy offers:  piano, alto, soprano, studio and regatta. While the words,stampede, canyon, mosquito and portico  from Spain