A sketch of American naval officer Commodore Matthew Perry in Yokohama, Japan, in 1853. Picture: Alamy
Lisa Lim
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Language Matters by Lisa Lim

Where English took the words ‘tycoon’ and ‘honcho’ from – you may be surprised

Though one sounds Chinese, and the other Basque, these two terms for powerful people both entered the lexicon from Japan; one was subsequently used as a nickname for Abraham Lincoln

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A sketch of American naval officer Commodore Matthew Perry in Yokohama, Japan, in 1853. Picture: Alamy
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