January 01, 2019
candy (noun)
\KAN-dee\ Hear it!
What does it mean?
: a sweet made of sugar often with flavoring and filling
How do you use it?
It is a New Year's tradition in Germany to eat pig-shaped candies made of marzipan.
Are you a word wiz?

By now you're probably reaching the end of your stash of holiday candy. Before you eat that last piece, tell us which language you think the word "candy" comes from.

If you chose C, you made a sweet choice. "Candy" traces to the Arabic word "qand," meaning "crystallized sugar." French speakers adopted "qand" to form "candi." They combined "candi" with "sucre," meaning "sugar," to form "sucre candi," meaning "sugar candy." English speakers adopted the French term as "sugre candy" and later shortened it to "candy." "Candy" isn't the only tasty word that comes to us from Arabic. The words "sherbet" and "syrup" also have their roots in Arabic. Arabic also plays a role in the history of "sugar," which traces ultimately back to the ancient language of Sanskrit.
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