Featured Words – June 2018

June 16, 2018 SALCHICHA

Spanish word for sausage.  Both words derive from medieval Latin – salsicia, originally from Latin salsus – salted, because of the addition of salt to aid in the preservation of the encased meats.

EXAMPLE

Antes de que hubiera refrigeración, muchos productos alimenticios se salaban para conservarlos, por ejemplo: encurtidos, anchoas, quesos y por supuesto, salchichas.

Before refrigeration, many food products were heavily salted for preservation, such as: pickles, anchovies, cheeses and, of course, sausages.

Quote

“A novel is like a sausage. You might like the final taste, but you don’t want to see how it was made.” – Harlan Coben, American writer.

“Una novela es como una salchicha. Te puede gustar el sabor, pero no quieres ver como la hicieron.” – Harlan Coben, escritor estadounidense.


June 2, 2018 LETTUCE

The name comes from the Latin name for this vegetable lactūca, from lac – milk, because of the milky fluid (latex) that bleeds from its stalks.  It is the same root for the Spanish word lechuga.

EXAMPLE

Lechuga es un apellido originario de España, probablemente para identificar a las familias que cultivaban lechugas.

“Lechuga” is a last name originated in Spain, probably to identify families that cultivated lettuce.

Quote

Lettuce was first cultivated in ancient Egypt for the production of oil from its seeds.  This plant was probably selectively bred by the Egyptians into a plant grown for its edible leaves, …” – Wikipedia

“La lechuga primero se cultivó en el Egipto antiguo para la producción de aceite de sus semillas. La planta probablemente fue cruzada selectivamente por los egipcios para obtener una planta cultivada por sus hojas comestibles, …” – Wikipedia


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