4 English Words and Sayings with Unexpected Chinese Origins
Ketchup is one of them
It’s quite common for languages to borrow words and phrases from each other, especially when there is no equivalent or suitable translation.
Sometimes it’s taken phonetically — like “boi choi” from 白菜 (baak coi in Cantonese) or “feng shui” from 風水 (fēng shuǐ in Mandarin). This is what’s commonly done…