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It's not that it's necessarily hip to use english words (although sometimes that's the case), but the way Japanese is set up is that they have a very specific system for importing words from other countries, instead of creating new Japanese words. Additionally, sometimes English words carry some connotations that are not in the original Japanese word. One example that springs to mind is チャンス vs 機会
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A computerised survey of about 80,000 words in the old Shorter Oxford Dictionary (3rd edition) was published in Ordered Profusion by Thomas Finkenstaedt and Dieter Wolff (1973) which estimated the origin of English words as follows:
- French, including Old French and early Anglo-French: 28.3%
- Latin, including modern scientific and technical Latin: 28.24%
- Old and Middle English, Old Norse, and Dutch: 25%
- Greek: 5.32%
- No etymology given: 4.03%
- Derived from proper names: 3.28%
- All other languages contributed less than 1%
James D. Nicoll made the oft-quoted observation: "The problem with defending the purity of the English language is that English is about as pure as a cribhouse whore. We don't just borrow words; on occasion, English has pursued other languages down alleyways to beat them unconscious and riffle their pockets for new vocabulary."
What a great quote!
Anyway, as you can see, French edges out Latin by a little bit. The difference would be larger of you removed the Latin-based scientific and technical terms, which are only used by specialists.
So, as Harisenbon pointed out, loan words are predominantly from French, with Latin in a close second.
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