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Have any English words been turned foreign only to be then used again in English in an altered state? [duplicate]

What are some examples of English words that got taken into use in a foreign language in a changed state, and then subsequently re-entered the English language in state B or even state C.
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How do you say "to brown-bag it" in your neck of the woods?

Is the North American phrase "to brown-bag it"--which means to take a packed lunch to work, school, etc.--used or at least readily understood in the UK and other English-speaking countries? How would ...
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Use of space before a unit

We use space between the numerical value and unit in SI system. Is the same principle applicable to other units e.g. Year, week etc. I mean is it 1year or 1 year? 25wks or 25 wks? etc. I found ...
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Three sentences about v-ing meaning [closed]

I'm confused about three sentences of v-ing verbs. I love my cooking fish(Here my is unnecessary?) Besides I love my feelings(Here is ok, because means something you have got but not an act) But ...
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Are English speakers from post-colonial countries considered native speakers? [closed]

I am originally from the Philippines and I work as an editor for a research center in Germany. I also speak Filipino, the national language of the Philippines, but for all intents and purposes English ...
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Delamination vs stratification [closed]

Is there any difference between delamination and stratification ?
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Is "all together" a valid alternative to "altogether" in US English? [closed]

I'm British. I am editing a document, and I was going to correct a use of "all together" where the author clearly meant "altogether" (as in "entirely"). But then I realised this might just be a ...
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Is "as it stands" used outside the UK?

Often used for presenting a tentative sports league table while games are still in play - "here's the league table as it stands..." (It kind of means "now", but implying the situation could change.) ...
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spread of the quotative "be like" outside North America

I thought that the quotative "be like" was limited to American English, but was surprised to hear a 60-something New Zealand woman using it repeatedly recently. What is the status in world English? (...
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Is the English language used by the European institutions the British one?

I find here an article on the use of English within EU institutions. It says: "our publications need to be comprehensible for their target audience, which is largely British and Irish, and should ...
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How do you pronounce the "ng" in "language" and "English"?

I'm hearing more and more people pronounce "language" as [laŋ-wij] instead of [laŋ-gwij]. The same goes for the word "English": [iŋ-lish] instead of [iŋ-glish]. How prevalent has this pronunciation ...
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"How do we call (something) in English?"

Is it really wrong to say "How do we call something in English?" instead of "What do we call something in English?"? The former's not unusual in Philippine English at all (probably it's because of the ...
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When did we stop translating proper names?

It used to be that one would just translate a proper name that was in another language into English when referring to that entity. For example, William the Conqueror, Christopher Columbus, King ...
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Is English actually a pidgin or creole?

Because Middle English was a hodgepodge mélange of Old English (a Germanic tongue) and Norman French (a Romance language), it seems like Middle English was actually a kind of pidgin or creole. My ...
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Is English considered a trade language/lingua franca?

English is used in commerce around the world. Is it officially considered a "lingua franca/trade language? If yes, is there a way to find out what percentage of non-English populations that have ...
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How is "World English" difficult for native speakers of English? [closed]

There is a newly used term, World English (WE). It is nobody's mother tongue. It is spoken across the world, for example, at check-in desks, airports, international trade fairs, world cup football ...
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How does one correctly pronounce the letter 'H': "Aych" or "haych"?

What is the correct sound of the letter H when reading the alphabet - is it 'aych' or 'Haych' ?
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Does "pants" more commonly mean "trousers" or "underpants"?

In the UK, I've heard pants being used as slang for underpants (or was it in Bridget Jones' Diary?), whereas in India it almost exclusively means "trousers". Describing the meaning of "put your pants ...
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