Updated August 5, 2020 | Infoplease Staff
Asian loan words in English
by Ann-Marie Imbornoni
Asian Loan Words
Words derived from:
- ukelele, from words meaning "flea jumping."
- tattoo, introduced to the English-speaking world by Capt. James Cook in his account of his voyage around the world from 1768 to1771. Sailors later brought the actual custom to Europe.
- taboo, like tattoo, occurs for the first time in Capt. James Cook's journals.