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Borracho and Inebriated

The fun, and everyday, Spanish word borracho is.… drunk. Although it sounds nothing like the English “drunk” it does have a subtle cousin in English: inebriated. Although they don’t look the same we can see the parallel if we look with squinted eyes:

The b‑r-ch root of borracho maps to the b‑r in (in)-b-r‑t. The English version sounds more Latinate because we added the in- prefix for emphasis at the beginning.


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