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70 borrowed words

The word magazine was derived from the Arabic word 'makhazin' meaning 'storehouse'. In the picture, 'English Club' was a magazine for English learners published by BBC English.

The word robot was first introduced by the Czech writer Karel Čapek in his play R.U.R. (Rossum's Universal Robots), published in 1920. The play begins in a factory that makes artificial people called robots.

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