Celebramos! It's Hispanic Heritage Month; which is celebrated in the United States from September 15 through October 15. This year we will celebrate by sharing words we use in the English language that have origins from the Spanish language.
Hispanic Heritage Fun Fact of the Day!
Surfsiders I’m sure you are wondering why Hispanic Heritage Month begins in the middle of September instead of at the beginning like other celebratory months. Well here is why! Hispanic Heritage Month begins each year on September 15, the anniversary of independence of five Latin American countries: Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua. Stay tuned tomorrow for your first Spanish word that we use in the English language!
There are hundreds of words we use each day that are actually Spanish and during Hispanic Heritage Month, we are going to share several with you!
Did you know that the names of the following states in the USA are actually Spanish words!
-Florida (means Flowery)
-Nevada (means snowy)
-Montana (means mountains)
Did you know that the names of the following cities in the USA are actually Spanish words!
-El Paso in Texas (means the pass)
-Las Vegas in Nevada (means the meadows)
-Monterey in California (means king’s mountain)
And Buena Vista also in California (means good view)
Did you know that a lot of terms that are used for cowboys in the USA are actually Spanish words!
-corral (means pen or yard)
-rodeo (means to go around)
-desperado (means desperate)
And lasso (means tie)
Did you know that the names of these animals are actually Spanish words!
-armadillo (means little armored one)
-bronco (means rough)
and mosquito (means little fly)
Did you know that these commonly used terms for weather are actually Spanish words!
-breeze (means cold Northeast wind)
-and tornado (means to turn)