The “logic” of English?

It happened to rain the other day and we needed to dig out our umbrellas and borrow an extra from our neighbour.

How do you say umbrella in Spanish, I asked?

Here’s the answer.

Spanish: paraaguas = for water

French: parapluie =  by rain

English: umbrella =

 

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6 comments on “The “logic” of English?

  1. Italian – ombrella from the Latin word “Umbra” which means shadow
    German – Regenschirm
    My favourite is bumbershoot which is old fashioned American (Bumber from umbrella and shoot from parachute)
    I love learning about how words came about. English is just a mishmash of many languages!

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