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Dec 8, 2003
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Words borrowed from Spanish

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My six-year-old daughter Ananya has discovered puns and other wordplay. She delights in making up puzzles, most of them involving animals. She often sneaks into my home-office to test-drive her latest invention. When I hear little footsteps on the stairs, I know it's time to be ready for a new puzzle. Here's a recent one:

Ananya: Where does a cow go to practice her Spanish?
I: Where?
Ananya: To Mooxico!

Well, you don't need to go to Mooxico to practice Spanish any more. More and more people are learning Spanish, and chances are someone near you speaks Spanish. In the US, most product labels, ATMs, customer-service phone lines, etc. offer Spanish language versions as well. Many states have large Spanish-speaking populations, with their own newspapers and popular radio stations.

This week in AWAD, we offer five palabras (words) from Spanish that are now part of the English language.


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noun: A friend.

From Spanish amigo (friend), from Latin amicus (friend). A few other words that share the same root as today's word are: amicable, amity, and enemy (in: not + amicus).

"Holiday time is here, and this is when I gravitate to comfort wines... So I seek out some trusted American amigos, old vines Zinfandel and petite sirah."
Ken Collura; Holiday Table Unites Comfort Wines And Foods; Richmond Times-Dispatch; Nov 26, 2003.

"It looks like our old amigo could be headed to the Pittsburgh Pirates."
Jim Salisbury; Phils Want a Pitcher - at the Right Price; Philadelphia News; Nov 14, 2003.


Remember that there is nothing stable in human affairs; therefore avoid undue elation in prosperity, or undue depression in adversity. -Socrates, philosopher (469?-399 BCE)

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