Monday, May 6, 2013

Making a U-turn

As one etymology story goes, Venezuela, a country on the northern coast of South America, reminded a 15th-century explorer of Venice, so he called the region Veneziola, or "little Venice." Nothing was lost in translation when Venez was combined with the suffix -uela, which is used to create a diminutive form of a word, giving us the Spanish version of "little Venice."

Note that Spanish suffix. Now check out the spelling of a certain tropical country in this Connecticut Post photo caption. We have a little problem — a problemuela, if you will. All we need to do is pull a quick u-ie and change eu to ue. Let's shake things up like a pair of maracas and change Caracas' country to Venezuela.


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