Pizza is one of the more popular Italian words used in English Image Credit: Stock photo/Pixabay

What do pizzas and broccoli have in common?

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The answer: They were both Italian words that were absorbed into the English language. The Italians gave English thousands of words in vocabulary, especially in the categories of food and music. Many of these words have become so commonplace, it’s hard to think of them as being once separate from the English lexicon.

According to, there is no such thing as pure English – it has borrowed so much from other languages that 80% of English vocabulary consists of these “loanwords”. One of the loanwords recently added to world dictionaries is Sudoku, which is an abbreviation of the Japanese “suuji wa dokushin ni kagiru”, meaning “the numbers (or digits) must remain single.”

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Otherwise, today’s daily crossword awaits. How many words of Italian origin can you guess correctly?

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