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Wednesday, May 22, 2013 • Posted May 22, 2013

Esmeralda who?

Obviously Spanish is my second language.

Esmeralda is Spanish for emerald.

Got that right.

But it’s not the right name for the plant with yellow flowers.

That would be Esperanza.

Well, they both start with an E.

And then an s.

Esmeralda Esperanza.

What a pretty name.

Muy bonita.

Except the similarities stop there.

Esmeralda is emerald.

Esperanza means “hope” or “expectation.”

So maybe there’s hope for my Spanish.

Best not have any expectation.

The plant does bloom hopeful yellow.

Right through the heat of summer too.

Spanish and English get tossed together all the time.

Like a mixed green salad.

What a fiesta!

Take a siesta.

Breakfast taco.

Sangria.

Margarita.

Tequila.

All in the English dictionary.

Just ask trusty Webster:

Tortilla, “a thin, flat, round cake of unleavened cornmeal, now sometimes of flour, baked on a griddle or, originally, a flat stone.”

Cigar.

Arroyo.

Bronco.

Arroz con pollo.

Tobacco.

Tabasco.

Llama.

Llano.

Loco.

And where would we be without…

Salsa.

Chiles rellenos.

Chili con carne.

Frijoles.

Enchilada.

Tamales.

Viva comida corrida1

Nacho’s Cafe.

Mi Pueblo.

Tres Caminos.

Santos Taqueria.

Tengo hambre!

Vamonos!

That’s Mason.

Renee Walker is an author, poet, and real estate broker on the square.

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