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Re: Spanglish (was: Re: Rio de Janeiro)

From:Jeff Jones <jeffsjones@...>
Date:Monday, August 5, 2002, 18:53
On Mon, 5 Aug 2002 10:21:35 -0700, Barry Garcia <Barry_Garcia@...>

>CONLANG@LISTSERV.BROWN.EDU writes: >> >>There are a lot of examples like this, as far as I know... >>Have you heard of Spanglish? >> >Spanglish is spoken near the border in Texas a lot i hear, where some are >under the mistaken impression they speak Spanish :) > >Some of the examples i've heard: > >- Puche los breques - push the brakes >- Guacha el carro - wash the car >- Va a la groceria - go to the grocery store > >My Spanish professor from Spain is particularly amused at "Groceria" >
One peculiarity of Spanish is the wide divergence in vocabulary between different regions/countries, so adopting English words is really nothing special (although I suspect the extreme samples cited above were by people who speak more English than Spanish). Is a "guagua" a baby or a bus? And "chucho" is a light switch to Cubans, but something else to Venezuelans. And is there anybody (aside from professors from Spain) who uses the dictionary word for termite? Jeff


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