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The Origin of Some of Your Favorite English Words is Surprising

guacamole

Look, Mexico has had a bigger impact on America, more than anyone even realizes.  Proof? These words that come from Nahuatl, the language of the Mexicans, have made it into common day use, like…

Avocado

avocado

Let’s see, there’s avocado that comes from the Spanish word aguacate, which in turn comes from the word āhuacatl. In Nahuatl, it means both avocado and testicle. See the resemblance?  Mind. Blown.

Guacamole

guacamole

A related word is āhuacamōlli, or guacamole, which means avocado salsa — or salsa made from testicles… we kid!

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Tomato

tomato

In order to make this delicious salsa you need tomatl or tomato. TomAto, tomato…

Jalapeño

jalapeno

You can add a little kick to your āhuacamōlli with xalapan (jalapeño), a word derived from the Xalapa region of Veracruz.

Mezcal

Mezcal

And who doesn’t need a little mexcalli or Mezcal to take the edge off?

Find out what other words come from Nahuatl here.

 

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