Sarah Palin rips Obama’s “Cojones” and My Top 10 Spanish Borrowings.

I’m sure Sarah Palin somehow thought it would be clever to use the word cojones in her indictment of the Obama Administration’s purported impotence in the face of wave after non-existent wave of criminal immigrants. Her thinking may have gone something like “We’ll be talking about immigrants, lots of immigrants speak Spanish, I’ll use a Spanish word and I’ll look so clever”. But its use is actually quite ironic. Put simply: without the long and continued presence of immigrants of Spanish speaking origin, many who came illegally to this country (or whose country we sneakily nabbed in a war), she wouldn’t have such a cool word to use. Her daily language, our own particular American flavor of English, wouldn’t be as rich.

Video here

Wikipedia provides a whole list of English Words of Spanish Origin, here’s my top 10:

alligator – from el lagarto, “the lizard”
amontillado – familiar to any Edgar Allen Poe fans, and Spanish wine aficionados. (see also sherry – from Old Spanish Xerés, modern Spanish Jerez.)
cannibal – from Spanish caníbal, alteration of caríbal, from Caribe
cilantro – waaay cooler than what the brits use – “coriander”
hoosegow – from Spanish juzgado, courthouse, from juzgar, to judge
mustang – from mestengo or mesteño, =”without known master or owner” (archaic)
renegade – from renegado=”turncoat, heretic, disowned”
savvy – from Spanish or Portuguese sabe, “knows”
ten-gallon hat – from Spanish tan galán = how gallant (looking); alternate theory is the gallon of Texas English here is a misunderstanding of galón = braid
vanilla – from Spanish vainilla, diminutive of vaina,=”pod”


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One response to “Sarah Palin rips Obama’s “Cojones” and My Top 10 Spanish Borrowings.

  1. Interesting irony. Of course, her argument would be only “legal” cojones may apply to the dictionary. But kinda also interesting what defines “legal” and what others consider “stolen” in that part of the country. She needs to crack a history book and read all the other words before speaking.

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