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13 English Words That Were Originally Spoken by the Ancient Egyptians



The English name Egypt is derived from the Ancient Greek word for the country, Aígyptos. The Greek forms were borrowed from the late Egyptian (Amarna) name for the city Memphis, then called Hikuptah. This was a corruption of the earlier Egyptian name Hwt-ka-Ptah, meaning “home of the ka (soul) of Ptah.”


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Pharaoh derives from “pharaô,” the Greek form of the Hebrew word par’oh, which is borrowed from the Ancient Egyptian word “pr-aa” (Great House). This is originally the term for the palace of Egyptian kings. The earliest instance where “pr-aa” is used specifically to address the ruler is in a letter to Amenhotep IV (Akhenaten), who reigned circa 1353–1336 B.C.

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4 thoughts on “13 English Words That Were Originally Spoken by the Ancient Egyptians

  1. The ancient people of Kemet never called their country Egypt, ever! As you stated correctly this was a Greek term and the country was never called until the Greeks conquered it, which was thousands of years after its glorious ages. The Kemetyu also never called their leaders Pharoahs. The name Nasut was the title of the southern leaders and Bity was the name of the Northern leaders. They thus became known as the Nasut Bity or leader of the two lands.

  2. None of these words is even germanic

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