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Hin­cha — In­fla­tion

The Span­ish hin­char means “to in­flate, puff up” and from it we get the much more com­mon Span­ish hin­cha mean­ing: “a fan”. A fan, there­fore, is lit­er­al­ly some­one who puffs him­self all up over his team!

In­ter­est­ing­ly, hin­char is di­rect­ly re­lat­ed to in­flate, in a sub­tle way: both come from the Latin in­flare mean­ing the same as hin­char.

How did this word evolve in­to some­things so dif­fer­ent? It’s not so dif­fer­ent as it sounds if we re­mem­ber that the Span­ish h- is silent: so the in-ch‑a maps close­ly to the in-fl‑a. The ch/fl map­ping is­n’t com­mon at all, but if we sound it out, we can hear that they sound sim­i­lar.

Next time you get all ex­cit­ed about your fa­vorite team, re­mem­ber that it is this ex­cite­ment of mak­ing more and more is ex­act­ly what caus­es… in­fla­tion.


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