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The word avocado comes from the Spanish aguacate which comes from the Nahuatl word: ahuácatl (testicle) referencing the shape of the fruit.
May 18, 2012
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both delicious -
... i got nothin'. -
I actually saw this on Good Eats. When the Spanish went to "the New World" they couldn't say the word for avocado, so they used the word that was closest in their language, which is the word that meant testicle in the native language. -
I need to find a good food encyclopedia and/or dictionary. -
That was classic first response posting... and nothing! harumph. -
For Jason- and juicy -
Because it's OBVIOUS Jason. I could've said something about your cheeks being full...or being a squirrel trying to get a nut, but that's so on the nose. :) -
Well I never claimed to be SUBTLE! ;) -
But....you don't like avocados. -
WoH: Professor MOTHRA
I don't! But the word still comes from the Spanish aguacate which comes from the Nahuatl word: ahuácatl (testicle) referencing the shape of the fruit. -
Do they pop when you eat them? -
John (bird whisperer)
The Spanish word aguacate didn't come from the Nahuatl word though. They already had that word in use, but since the Spanish didn't know how to say the Nahuatl word for the fruit, they used the closest sounding word in the Spanish language as a word to communicate. It just turns out the word they used was the local word for testicle. -
This site has it a little differently
— ahuacatl really is the Nahuatl word for testicle, and Mexicans rendered it as aguacate, but it was Americans who thought it was abogado (Spanish for "lawyer") so we ended up with avocado. (So the joke is that "lawyer" is Aztec for "testicle" :) -
In Peru, avocado is called "palta". When we lived in Nicaragua we ran into all sorts of different words than we were used to.
Yeah, "palta" is the Quechua (Incan) word for it. -
When I was a kid, my default dish at the neighborhood restaurant was Palta Reina (avocado stuffed with chicken salad). Yum.
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