"Watoto wanapenda kuruka kamba"

Translation:Kids like skipping rope

December 22, 2018



Shouldn't it be "ROPE skipping"?

December 22, 2018


Here is a nice one. Kamba, according the World Loanword Database (WOLD) was perhaps borrowed from Arabic kinbar ("rope made from fibres of the coconut palm") or from Persian kanaba ("raw thread").

However, "skipping rope" in European Spanish is comba, which, according to the Spanish Royal Academy, comes from Gaulish Latin cŭmba ("small valley").

Crazy coincidence, or wrong (or incomplete) etymology, who knows.

January 22, 2019
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