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Nik Taylor wrote:
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> Eric Christopherson wrote:
> > The closest equivalent I can think of in any natlang is how
> > Japanese uses katakana to represent foreign words (except for Chinese
> > words borrowed long ago).
>
> And _tabako_ (cigarettes), borrowed from Portuguese a few centuries ago,
> it's now written in hiragana.

Hey! I always wondered why _tabako_ was written in hiragana! :D