I posted this in the wrong place https://english.stackexchange.com/questions/234744/universal-words?noredirect=1#comment505372_234744, and it generated some good discussion.
Years ago I found in the internet a list of "Universal Words". i.g. words that exist in the same form (with minor variations) in all (or most?) languages, and that don´t have synonyms (there are no other words in any language to refer to the same thing).
This list included words like: Chocolate, Bikini, etc.
Doing extensive research (e.g. googling) I can't find any reference to such a list or linguistic concept. The person that posted the list claimed that there was wide consensus from the language/linguistic experts community about most of these words.
Any thought about this list/concept?