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15 English Words You Didn't Realise Were Stolen From Spanish

Picture of Tara Jessop
Updated: 28 July 2017
It’s a well known fact that languages are always evolving, whether it’s new words being added to the dictionary or being borrowed from other languages. While English has both Latin, Greek and Germanic origins it has also borrowed a few words directly from its neighbours. Here are fifteen words English has taken from Spanish.

Chilli

Written in Spanish as chili

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Chilli / | © Culture Trip

Armadillo

Written in Spanish as armadillo

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Armadillo / Culture Trip | © Culture Trip

Macho

Written in Spanish as macho

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Macho / | © Culture Trip

Ranch

Written in Spanish as rancho

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Ranch / | © Culture Trip

Mustang

Written in Spanish mesteño

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Tornado

Written in Spanish tronada

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Tornado / | © Culture Trip

Alligator

Written in Spanish el lagarto

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Alligator / | © Culture Trip

Avocado

Written in Spanish aguacate

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Avocado / | © Culture Trip

Stampede

Written in Spanish estampida

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Stampede / | © Culture Trip

Lasso

Written in Spanish lazo

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Lasso / | © Culture Trip

Breeze

Written in Spanish brisa

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Breeze / | © Culture Trip

Cockroach

Written in Spanish cucaracha

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Cockroach / | © Culture Trip

Anchovy

Written in Spanish anchoa

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Anchovy / | © Culture Trip

Mosquito

Written in Spanish mosca or mosquito (little fly)

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Mosquito / | © Culture Trip

Savvy

Written in Spanish saber

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Savvy / | © Culture Trip