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Words borrowed from Spanish
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A.Word.A.Daywith Anu Garg
verb intr.: To discharge or pour out, as from the mouth of a river or stream.
[From Spanish desembocar (to flow out), from des- (dis-) + embocar (to put into the mouth), from Latin en- (in) + boca (mouth), from bucca (cheek).]
The name of the city of Boca Raton (Florida) literally means Mouse's Mouth. Why it's named so isn't clear. Some attribute it to the shape of the inlet, while others believe it was named to describe the presence of rocks that gnaw at a ship's cable, or that it refers metaphorically to the sense of pirate's cove.
"And natives with their trinkets speed the long, light pirogue
From where the muddy island streams in languor disembogue."
"Page: Conduct me to the lady of the mansion, or my poniard shall
disembogue thy soul."
We aim above the mark to hit the mark. -Ralph Waldo Emerson, writer and philosopher (1803-1882)
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