Cultural Diffusion: Etymology Activity



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Social Studies 9

Sackville High School

Mr. Rawding

Cultural Diffusion: Etymology Activity

Outcome Covered: 2.1

Total Value: 15 Points

“Language opens the door to a culture.”

Many of the words in our English language have roots in other languages along with interesting origin stories. These words are evidence of cultural diffusion over the years. As a result of globalization, this continues to happen.

Activity 1: Research the origins of the following English language words and expressions. Make sure to identify the country of origin and summarize the origin story. There are some funny and odd ones. Use www.etymonline.com to help you.

assassin-____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

avocado-
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attorney-
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bangle-
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restaurant-

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night-

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ostracize-
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ok-
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ketchup-
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snob-
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faux pas-
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déjà vu-
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et cetera-


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Activity 2: Pick 2 words and find out their country of origin as well as the origin story.

#1-

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#2-


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