Wednesday, April 23, 2014
T: Tegucigalpa (A-Z Blog Challenge: Evocative words)
I've yet to get to visit either place, but I love the words themselves.
I'm a long time student (and teacher) of Spanish. Since I first began to study the language as a college student, I was drawn to the sounds of it. It was foreign to my ear, but attractive, so flowing and lovely in its vowels. I think I like these two words for their vowels.
Teh-goo-see-gahl-pah. Say it. Doesn't it feel nice in your mouth? I understand that its originally a Nahuatl word, changed by Spanish influence into the form we know it in today. There's some serious disagreement about what the word means. Some say it refers to the silver in the hills; others say it means something about painted rocks or sharp stones.
But my love for the word is solely about the sound, not the meaning. Being able to pronounce it correctly requires a good facility with Spanish vowels. It has nearly all of them in the single word.
Guadalajara (gwah-dah-lah-har-ah), on the other hand, is all A's. I think it's the J in that word that makes it
Obviously, I'm a word nerd. Why else would I choose to write 26 posts all about words I find evocative?
It's interesting to me that the Spanish words I love are all about sound, and the English words I love are mostly about meaning. Maybe it's because I'll always be a visitor in Spanish, but I'm a native in English. Maybe it's because my first literary love was poetry, which is all about sound. In any case, my love affair with words shows no sign of slowing down after all these years.
This post is part of the Blogging from A-Z Challenge.