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What do the words algebra, sofa, sash, and sequin have
in common?
Algebra, sofa, sash, and sequin are among the hundreds of common
English words that originated within the Arabic languages. A few others
are: magazine, alcohol, jar, cotton, and mattress. Racquet comes from
an Arabic word for hand, which is how tennis was originally played.
The words alcove, chemist, coffee, and chess are also included among the
everyday Arabic words that enrich our language.