Benjamin Barrett gogaku at IX.NETCOM.COM
Mon Jun 30 05:01:55 UTC 2014

Neither the Oxford nor the AHD website has the word "Sino-Xenic," a term useful for referring to words borrowed systemically from Chinese. 

Wiktionary ( and Wikipedia ( list this word. Wikipedia says it was coined in 1953 by Samuel E. Martin.

This use of "-xenic" seems useful for other borrowing systems. Anglo-xenic could be used for English borrowed into Japanese, for example, as there are fairly rigid rules for doing so (though exceptions such as "nonsense" exist).

Benjamin Barrett
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