09 March 2014
…is when indigenous words show up in dictionaries show up with derivations that are non-indigenous.
Today’s example: mosquito
ORIGIN late 16th cent.: from Spanish and Portuguese, diminutive of mosca, from Latin musca ‘fly.’
And where did the Spanish get it?
(See also: desert.)
Ahh, didn’t expect to ragequit transcribing my notes from Nicaragua.