30 July 2011


My UBD colleague, Salbrina Sharbawi, told me of another word of English that comes from Malay: gong (the musical instrument).

So, my list of borrowings from Malay is:
  • amok (as in 'run amok')
  • orangutan (lit. 'forest man')
  • durian (lit. 'spiky thing')
  • rambutan (lit. 'hairy thing')
  • compound (as in 'police compound'; from kampung)
  • Mandarin (as in 'Mandarin Chinese'; from menteri 'minister')
  • parang
  • kris (a small decorative knife)
  • gong
There are probably a few more, if we look out for them.