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Carne and Car­ni­val

The Span­ish carne (“meat”) is sur­pris­ing­ly re­lat­ed to… car­ni­val.

The orig­i­nal car­ni­val — the wild an­nu­al Feb­ru­ary par­ties in the Ro­man Catholic coun­tries — were, af­ter all, a meat mar­ket in many sens­es of the word!

Al­so re­lat­ed, more lit­er­al­ly, is the Eng­lish car­nage.

You can see the c‑r map­ping in both the Eng­lish and Span­ish words clear­ly.


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