Perhaps the first instance of the word “tsunami” appearing in English was in the September 1896 issue of National Geographic magazine. Photo: Shutterstock
Perhaps the first instance of the word “tsunami” appearing in English was in the September 1896 issue of National Geographic magazine. Photo: Shutterstock
Lisa Lim
Opinion

Opinion

Language Matters by Lisa Lim

When ‘tsunami’ was introduced to the English language, and what it means

  • National Geographic magazine reported on ‘a great earthquake wave’ in its September 1896 edition
  • But it wasn’t until the 1960s that ‘tsunami’ overtook the inaccurate ‘tidal wave’ in English usage

Perhaps the first instance of the word “tsunami” appearing in English was in the September 1896 issue of National Geographic magazine. Photo: Shutterstock
Perhaps the first instance of the word “tsunami” appearing in English was in the September 1896 issue of National Geographic magazine. Photo: Shutterstock
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