Which of these words is of Chinese origin?
It turns out ketchup’s origins are anything but American. Ketchup comes from the Chinese word, kê- tsiap, the name of a sauce derived from fermented fish. By the early 18th century, the table sauce had arrived in present day Malaysia and Singapore, where English colonists first tasted it. The Malaysian word for the sauce was kicap or kecap. That word evolved into the English word "ketchup". Americans now purchase 10 billion ounces of ketchup annually, which translates to roughly three bottles per person per year.
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