Wednesday, June 01, 2011

A City As Good As Its Word

The Instituto Cervantes, which promotes the Spanish language worldwide, has asked a bunch of notable Spanish speakers to propose a favorite word, which you, the public can then vote on. The winner will be crowned, um, Best Spanish Word or something on June 18. Anyway, Gael Garcia Bernal, one of Mexico’s two actors, proposed “Querétaro.” “I feel there’s no more beautiful word in Spanish, and when it’s written out, it’s beautiful.” This is all the stranger when you realize that (while the origin is unclear), the word is possibly decended from the P’urhépecha word crettaro meaning “place with crags.”



Presumably "Burro Hall" is ineligible because it's technically two words, and one's in English.

3 comments:

La otra amiga del Lorax said...

Viva Queretaro!

Memo Nericcio said...

http://textmex.blogspot.com/2011/06/loving-spanish-gael-garcia-bernal-on.html

Burro Hall said...

I'm not trying to brag, but the number of votes for QRO has more than doubled since yesterday. Could be a coincidence...