Bacan

9 August 2009

The second-best part of the biannual Kuhn reunion is the auction to raise funds for the next reunion.  This year I bid (unopposed) on a stack of eleven National Geographic magazines from 2008.  This letter comes from the April issue (I couldn’t find an electronic version, alas):

“I particularly appreciated Robert Draper’s tracing of anglicized words to the original Spanish, but he missed one.  On page 124 he uses the word ‘dallying,’ meaning ‘wrapping one’s rope around the saddle horn.’  The full English phrase is ‘dally welter’ and comes directly from the Spanish words dale vuelta, meaning ‘wrap around’ or ‘give it a turn.'” – James Vasquez, Ellensburg, Washington

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