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Spanish Word Histories and Mysteries : English Words That Come from Spanish - American Heritage Dictionary

Spanish Word Histories and Mysteries

English Words That Come from Spanish

Paperback Published: 14th November 2007
ISBN: 9780618910540
Number Of Pages: 258
For Ages: 7 - 12 years old

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Most people know that words like burrito and quesadilla come from Spanish, but there are many more English words that we would never suspect are Spanish until we look closely. Did you know that the words breeze and hammock come from Spanish? The jerky in beef jerky, for example, is from Spanish charqui, and the English verb vamoose is from the expression ?Vamos which means Let's go in Spanish.
Spanish Word Histories and Mysteries: English Words that Come from Spanish tells the fascinating stories behind 200 English words from Spanish. Every sphere of English vocabulary has been enriched by Spanish, from names for animals--alligator, coyote, and mosquito--to words for weather--hurricane and tornado. This book also explores the Spanish origin of some of the colorful expressions of the Old West: bonanza, loco, mustang, ranch, and ten-gallon hat. Of course, the book digs into the many words for different foods that come from Spanish--not only the obvious ones, such as salsa and taco, but also potato, tomato, caramel, vanilla, and, most important, chocolate. Photographs and line drawings enliven the pages and illustrate the history of the words.

ISBN: 9780618910540
ISBN-10: 0618910549
Audience: Children
For Ages: 7 - 12 years old
For Grades: 2 - 7
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 258
Published: 14th November 2007
Publisher: HOUGHTON MIFFLIN
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 20.32 x 13.34  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.32

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