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Co­quetear and Cock

Co­quetear, the Span­ish verb mean­ing “to flirt,” comes from the French coq which means “cock” — in both sens­es — from which we al­so get the Eng­lish word cock, al­beit with a slight­ly dif­fer­ent spelling.

It’s not that hard to fig­ure out how a word that means “pe­nis” came to mean “flirt” — but it is easy to smile every time you re­mem­ber why.

From the same root, we al­so get the al­most-for­got­ten Eng­lish word for “flirt­ing,” co­quetry.

The c‑q to c‑ck map­ping is clear be­tween both words.

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