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Language sizes up and shapes our world. The world in turn shapes language. Well, it did shape the language of science. A lot of scientific names were Latin names. Some were derived from Greek. Over the turn of the last century, major inventions and discoveries happened in Europe and North America, and subsequently scientific papers were published in English, French and German. But the world wars ended German language domination over coining scientific terms. It affected French language too.

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