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Tocayo—Meaning and Etymology

This is a useful Spanish word with no English counterpart. I’m not sure how widespread it is but it is definitely in use in Northern New Mexico. Tocayo, or feminine tocaya, means roughly, “A person who shares your first name.” The closest English translation would be namesake, but the Spanish usage differs significantly.

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Frigging: From the obscene to the vulgar

I was surprised to see in the Sunday comics recently the word frigging. Maybe it was friggin’. My son also read the comics and found a new word, ergo, which he asked me about. I’m glad he didn’t ask about friggin’, because when I was growing up, only a couple decades ago, that word was among the unspeakably obscene words that were never, ever used in polite company.

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