Michaelyus wrote:SALVETE OMNES
I was wondering if some of Latin's vocabulary is derived from another language, apart from Greek. Perhaps from something like Hebrew or Ancient Egyptian?
There are many Latin borrowings from Etruscan, Germanic languages, Gaulish, Hebrew, and other languages. Latin absorbed a great deal of words from the places the Roman Empire conquered and visited. When the Romance languages began to develop, Latin even borrowed some words from its own offspring! I don't know about any loanwords from Modern English as that sounds highly suspicious
For example, the Latin word catamitus
is supposed to have come from Etruscan, ultimately from the Greek name Ganymedes
. The Latin word carrus
, from which we borrowed the word "car" is of Gaulic origin.
There are too many others to count. I can't think of very many examples, but I will look for more.
flebile nescio quid queritur lyra, flebile lingua murmurat exanimis, respondent flebile ripae