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Asked • 03/18/19

Is the similarity between the Arabic word Gayyid and the English word Good due to a borrowing?

Why is the Arabic word **جید** (**jayyid**) which is pronounced **gayyid** in Egypt and means *good*, so similar to the word **good** or the German word **gut**? Is it a borrowing? (since the word for *good* is very different in Hebrew - it is *טוב (tov)*) If it is a borrowing, why would such a *basic* word have been borrowed by a people?

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Reem Bou B. answered • 03/21/20

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