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Subject: Basque words in English
Question: I noticed today whilst studying that the Basque word for measurement of 0.0254m is Ontza. It cannot be coincidence that this is the same as the Inch in English. The word Pintxos is a ''Pintch'' of food. Both are using the common sound ending ''intch''sound

So which language borrowed from which?

Jane Sewell

From: jane sewell
Date: 16-Sep-2013
Replies:
  1. Re: Basque words in English    Elizabeth J Pyatt     (16-Sep-2013)
  2. Re: Basque words in English    James L Fidelholtz     (16-Sep-2013)

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