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Gales and Wales

Wales, that an­cient province of Great Britain from which all the Jones emerge and which con­jures up im­ages of Tolkien, is known as Gales in Span­ish.

Why? Be­cause the Ger­man­ic w- words con­sis­tent­ly be­came g- words when they en­tered late Latin and Span­ish. Take war and guer­ra, for ex­am­ple. Or William and Guiller­mo.

Thus, the w‑l-s of Wales maps ex­act­ly to the g‑l-s of Gales.


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