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Es­pal­da and Spat­u­la

The Span­ish es­pal­da (“back”, mean­ing the part of your body where your spine is!) comes from the Latin spat­u­la mean­ing al­so “back” (same sense) or “short wood­en blade.”

It’s hard to pre­dict what Eng­lish word came from the same root? Spat­u­la! It’s easy to see how this evolved: a short wood­en blade can look like your shoul­der. (Hence the French word for “shoul­der” is épaule!)

The s‑p-t of spat­u­la maps clear­ly to the s‑p-(l)-d of es­pal­da.

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