BSJ N° 22 - The English word "honcho" (as in, he's the head honcho) is derived from the Japanese "han-chô" which means team or squadron leader. How many other Nihon derived words do we have?
I found this out in a lesson as I was giving synonyms for "boss": "Bigwig", "big cheese", "head honcho" I said. At their looks of confusion, I kept repeating this. They must have thought I had gotten stuck in Japanese mode.