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Bo­da — Vote

Bo­da, Span­ish for “wed­ding,” comes from the Latin word vo­tum, mean­ing a “vote, promise”.

This, in­deed, makes sense: what is a wed­ding if not just a vote in the oth­er per­son, and a promise to be with them? At least in Span­ish it is. (The oth­er word for wed­ding in Span­ish, casamien­to, is re­lat­ed to the Span­ish for “home”, casa).

This one is­n’t ob­vi­ous, at all, based on the spelling, but it is based on the sound. One les­son is to guess par­al­lel words based on the sounds more than the let­ters. But pay at­ten­tion to the let­ters when they are un­ex­pect­ed or voiced weird­ly.


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