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Welsh loan words in English

By Judith Jones, 2013-01-01

There are over 100 Celtic loan words in English beginning with "car" and everything associated with it. According to one linguist, "penguin" hooded head, is a Welsh word given by the Welsh crew men on the first European ship to see a penguin. The reason the Celtic loan words did not show up until Edward III is because they only literate people were the court and the church. The church used Latin. The court used Saxon, then Norman French and after Edward got into a fight with the French king, it became English and that's when all the Celtic words suddenly appeared. Diolch Judith Jones

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